Pharmacy Purchasing & Products is proud to present our 9th annual State of Pharmacy Automation issue. Comprising the results of our national survey of health system pharmacists, this year’s issue is filled with new and multi-year trending data that covers the most prominent areas of automation and technology use in today’s hospital pharmacy settings. Given the strength of our data captured over the past several years, the results reported here provide significant benchmarking information and can be used to help compel your facility’s administration to continue supporting positive operational change to pharmacy systems and processes.
Over the last few years, impressive strides have been made by facilities of all sizes to forecast proper budgeting for automation and technology acquisitions now and in the foreseeable future. We find it very encouraging that budget reductions have remained flat for the third year in a row and over half of facilities expect their automation budgets to increase in the next 3-5 years. We feel this is representative of hospital administrations’ significant support of pharmacy operations and hope health systems will continue to support and fund efforts to ensure quality health care.
Pharmacy continues to enter new territory in the ways in which it creates, acquires, manages, and distributes medication therapy to patients in need. Given recent regulatory and legislative actions in the form of the US Drug Quality and Security Act, the Accountable Care Act, and the forthcoming USP Chapter <800> focusing on hazardous drug compounding, we feel as though the field is fertile for continued technological breakthroughs. Pairing the skill, education, and passion of a hospital pharmacist with cutting edge technology has proven to enhance patient care and reduce costs for today’s hospitals and health systems. To this end, we are very proud that 84% of hospital pharmacists use PP&P to directly influence automation and technology acquisitions.
As many of you are aware, PP&P provides a PowerPoint slide package of State of Pharmacy Automation data for use in presentations or proposals to colleagues and administration to help spur on practice improvements. Simply visit www.pppmag.com/slides/ to download the package.
As always, we welcome your feedback on this special issue, as well as on all of our other pharmacy coverage throughout the year. Our overarching goal is to assist pharmacy directors and managers in facilitating best practices for medication management and patient care. We look forward to seeing how the rest of 2014 unfolds and what exciting challenges and positive outcomes will be unveiled in 2015.
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen