Webinar - The Roadmap for Pharmacy Health Information Technology Integration in U.S. Health Care

Primary Focus:

Effective Medication Use
To assure the meaningful use of standardized electronic health records (EHR) that supports safe, efficient, and effective medication use, continuity of care, and provide access to the patient-care services of pharmacists with other members of the interdisciplinary patient care team.

Pharmacist's Role in HIT
To assure the pharmacist’s role of providing patient-care services are integrated into the National HIT interoperable framework.

The Collaborative’s Guiding Principles

  • Identify (through the consensus work of expert panelists) the minimum data set and functional electronic health record (EHR) requirements for the delivery, documentation, and billing of pharmacist-provided medication management services. Such requirements include access to key medical information such as laboratory data, and bidirectional communication flow among all practitioners;
  • Structure and support implementation of a Pharmacy Practitioner HIT roadmap (Roadmap). The Roadmap is a document that directs and establishes benchmarks. These benchmarks will describe the development, implementation and application of technology in an efficient and effective manner for pharmacists to affect improved medication use;
  • Build cooperative relationships within pharmacy and among pharmacy and other stakeholders to communicate and advocate for the Pharmacy Practitioner minimum data set and Roadmap leading to a certified EHR as defined in the Federal Register [1].
  • Ensure pharmacy representation on key HIT-related committees and workgroups.
[1] “Medicare and Medicaid Programs Electronic Health Record Incentive Program” published in the Federal Register (FR) on July 28, 2010 [75 FR 44516] go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-17207.pdf.


Pharmacy HIT Collaborative Council Member’s Core Principles

Engage-Enhance-Ensure

Engage

  • Industry stakeholders and pharmacy leaders: to integrate pharmacist-provided patient care services into the national HIT interoperable framework
  • Policymakers: to understand the value of pharmacists’ contributions to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and other stakeholders, and ultimately recognize pharmacists as eligible professionals for the adoption of the meaningful use of the electronic health records (EHR)

Enhance

  • Medication use and patient safety: through the meaningful use of standardized EHR
  • Recognition of pharmacists as health care providers

Ensure

  • A unified voice of pharmacy representation on key HIT-related endeavors to influence the recognition of pharmacist services
  • Integration of pharmacists as meaningful users of EHRs through certification and adoption of the pharmacist EHR (PP-EHR) module
  • Pharmacists have the ability and opportunity to document patient-care services within EHR