This year marks the 15th anniversary of our first annual State of Pharmacy Automation survey and while we are proud of this fact and are honored by your participation, this year is obviously far different than all those past years. As COVID-19 has permeated all areas of clinical practice, we cannot help but wonder how hospital pharmacy operations will be altered as a result. Undoubtedly, reliance upon automation and technology is going to increase and it will be interesting to see how that plays out over the next few years.
More than 8 out of 10 pharmacy leaders use PP&P as a purchasing resource.
Maintaining compliance with the myriad rules, regulations, and recommendations for best practices in hospital pharmacy is a daunting task under the best of circumstances, but given the reality we all face now, rare is the day that complications do not arise. Thus, reliance on proven and robust automation technology is essential as is a continued effort to maintain standard best practices.
Toward that effort, the data described in the following pages, trending over multiple years and representing a well-refined survey methodology, can be used to compel your facility’s administration to continue supporting positive operational changes to pharmacy systems and processes. To download a PowerPoint slide package of this year’s State of Pharmacy Automation data for use in presentations or proposals to colleagues and administration, simply visit pppmag.com/slides.
These are challenging times indeed and we know that people are struggling both professionally and personally. Few are more affected by the full brunt of the pandemic’s force than health care workers and for your ongoing and undeterred commitment, we salute you.
With best wishes for health and safety,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen
P.S. We would like to congratulate PP&P author and valued Advisory Board member, Daniel P. O’Neil, PharmD, MS, BCPS, as he was recently named director of pharmacy at WVU Medicine — WVU Hospitals after serving as assistant director for the last 5 years. This is a well-deserved promotion and we look forward to Dan’s contributions to pharmacy leadership in the years to come.
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