Now that the 2011 USP <797> Compliance Study conducted by CriticalPoint under the direction of Eric Kastango and Kate Douglass has closed, our guess is that you have a lot of thoughts about what the results might be. At this point, we are happy to report that there was an outstanding response rate. The comprehensive nature of this study may have seemed daunting at first, but undoubtedly your participation, and that of your colleagues, will bring about impressive benchmark data and may have already improved your practice through gap analysis.
With this in mind, we are curious as to what you thought of the survey? A study of this scale—the results of which will run in Pharmacy Purchasing & Products’ October issue—can produce a wide range of responses and we want to know if you had any unique experiences filling out your survey. Did any of the questions inspire you to look at practices more critically or change any procedures? We encourage you to share your experiences with us.
Before the Compliance Study information is tabulated, analyzed, and released in October, we also are excited to release the results of our own annual study of automation trends: the 6th Annual State of Pharmacy Automation! As with each previous year, the data in this issue will be more robust and more comprehensive than ever before. With new additions including waste management product trends, this year’s State of Pharmacy Automation will provide you with valuable benchmarking and automation justification data covering all areas of hospital pharmacy practice.
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen
P.S. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner of our 2011 State of Pharmacy Automation survey of health-system pharmacists—Eduardo Morin, PharmD.
Eduardo is the pharmacy director at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, California and was randomly selected from among those who chose to submit the survey with their contact information. As the winner, Eduardo will receive a 16GB iPad2.
Our thanks to Eduardo, and to all the other pharmacy directors who helped benefit the practice of hospital pharmacy by participating in this year’s State of Pharmacy Automation survey. This year’s survey fetched the largest response pool ever!
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