For the 14th year in a row, PP&P’s national survey of hospital pharmacy directors examines trends in current automation adoptions, technology expansion, and future investment plans. With survey responses from a cross section of facility types, the pages that follow attest to pharmacy’s efforts to introduce a wide variety of automation in the pursuit of improved patient safety, increased efficiency, and cost savings.
Pharmacy directors answering this survey represent a variety of facility sizes.
Most survey respondents are active members of their facility’s Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.
Facility size is a strong predictor of IT resources. Facilities with fewer than 200 beds often operate without a dedicated pharmacy informaticist on staff.
Full-time staff dedicated to automation are a rarity in the smallest facilities; 44% operate with no automation support in their department.
While IT resources increase somewhat in 101-200 bed facilities, this support is typically part-time at best.
It is increasingly rare for 201-400 bed hospitals to operate without dedicated pharmacy informaticists as automation responsibilities are likely to be assigned to at least one full-time position.
In the largest facilities, multiple FTEs typically serve in the pharmacy informaticist role.
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