As drug costs rise, hospitals are tapping into their pharmacies to not only control spending and improve margins but to manage critical issues like drug shortages and pain management. Many hospitals are now relying on their pharmacists to oversee everything from pharmacokinetic consultations to anticoagulation management, along with the proper use of antibiotics and Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS).
More progressive hospitals are appointing pharmacists to executive leadership positions. The goal is to embed them into hospital care teams to create partnerships between pharmacists and physicians to better manage medications so they can improve quality metrics. This balancing act requires pharmacists to keep pace with evolving guidelines and regulations as more accountability shifts to the department.
With this expanding role, pharmacists must have access to an intelligent clinical surveillance platform and analytic toolset that extends the value of the data in their electronic health record (EHR). With a comprehensive view of patient health data, medication use, and compliance with guidelines and regulations, pharmacists are in a better position to enhance medication management, patient safety, and antimicrobial and opioid stewardship.
Wolters Kluwer spoke with three hospital pharmacy leaders to better understand how they are navigating increasing clinical demands using Sentri7® Pharmacy on the SoleSource platform integrated with their EHR.
Our expert panel includes:
- Joe DeMattei, Pharm.D, Director of Pharmacy for Crossroads Community Hospital, a 47-bed facility offering inpatient and outpatient care in Illinois.
- Ashleigh Mouser, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Hardin Memorial Hospital, a 270-bed Kentucky-based general medical and surgical facility.
- Matt Baldwin, Pharm.D, Executive Director of Pharmacy for