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PTR Pharmacy Podcast Episode 20: Is there a lack of Technology Innovation in Pharmacy?

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Special Guests: About John Poikonen, Pharm.D. Director of Clinical Informatics UMass Memorial MedicalCenter John has held numerous positions as a pharmacy administrator, informatics and patient safety leader, and positions in information systems research, development, and marketing. During the 1980s, he was a director of pharmacy for a contract pharmacy management firm. He joined Megasource Clinical Systems as its first pharmacist and helped grow the hospital pharmacy software system to over 300 clients prior to its sale to Cerner. About Jerry Fahrni Pharm. D. Jerry has been a licensed pharmacist in California since obtaining his Pharm.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1997. Jerry's pharmacy experience is almost exclusively hospital based totaling nine years of inpatient pharmacy, including a couple of years as a pediatric pharmacist and five years of critical care medicine. Jerry is a Product Manager for a Pharmacy Technology & Automation company in Spokane WA. Discussion Based on Jerry Fahrni’s blog post: Who’s to blame for the lack of advancement in pharmacy automation and technology? http://pharmacytechnology.blogspot.com/2010/11/whos-to-blame-for-lack-of-advancement.html Without question there is a lack of advanced automation and technology in multiple pharmacy settings: · Acute care pharmacy setting · Independent Pharmacy / Community · Long-Term Care Pharmacy · Specialty Pharmacy Development and advancement of pharmacy technology should be a key component of any plan to change the current pharmacy practice model What are the causes of the lack of innovation in pharmacy?

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