The Informatics Pharmacist is a health-system level position that is responsible for the consultative and/or direct development, building, implementation and ongoing maintenance of all aspects of pharmacy-related applications, clinical information systems, and computerized pharmacy systems, software and hardware. This role acts as a pharmacy department liaison between Information Systems department, medical and clinical staff, ancillary departments, and outside vendors to ensure effective and safe functionality of pharmacy managed and pharmacy integrated systems.
Additionally, the Informatics Pharmacist supports resolution of all basic technology related issues within the pharmacy department; participates in the development of workflows, system configuration, change documentation, optimization and support of staff on application functionality; and, is directly responsible for reporting and analysis of pharmacy metrics and pharmacy integrated systems.
This position also provides effective training of pharmacy staff and therefore must be able to perform the essential staffing responsibilities of staff pharmacists.
Evaluates current and available software (clinical and non-clinical) that affects pharmacy department efficiency, system enhancement or development; is able to accurately plan resource needs, project timelines, and cost-benefit for planning and budgetary purposes.
Applies technical and clinical knowledge to enhance medication processes as they relate to EMR workflow, evidence-based order set development and improvement, and interoperability of clinical systems. Provides assistance with resolving, troubleshooting, and optimizing the use of HL7 interface messaging between the EMR and other technologies.
Participates in the identification and resolution of system (application) problems and procedures, suggesting solutions to identified problems through investigation of system issues and concerns from staff, discrimination between user error/education vs. system problem, and communication and follow up with system vendor that will result in resolution or product enhancement.
Develops and presents orientation, education, and training programs to the pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other staffs. Under supervision of pharmacy leadership and in collaboration with other departments assists in the development of new and enhanced training materials / methods to address ongoing training needs of clinical staff.
Acts as a pharmacy department liaison between Information Systems department, medical and clinical staff, ancillary departments, and outside vendors to ensure effective and safe functionality of pharmacy managed and pharmacy integrated systems.
Develops, coordinates and implements testing conditions and scenarios; coordinating testing cycles of application and interfaces making suggestions on design changes as needed to assure maximum functionality of applications and system environments.
Ensures proper maintenance of pharmacy aspects of the EMR which includes, but is not limited to, medication records used in the medication ordering and use processes, order sets, drug product related information (NDC, barcode, etc.), billing and charge information; this information is maintained in congruence with the organization’s business logic and medication safety practices.
Directly responsible for establishing and enhancing reporting processes, aggregation of performance and financial metrics, and any additional ad-hoc reporting requested for effective operation of the department. Creates/maintains dashboard reporting methods for monitoring pharmacy metrics and technologies to address potential system failures and assist in developing improvement plans as it relates to use of designated systems
Develops and maintains training materials for relevant applications utilized by the pharmacy department.
Current Pharmacist licensure in good standing in the State of Ohio
Graduated from an accredited School of Pharmacy
Doctor of Pharmacy degree or Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent
Recent pharmacy or informatics experience (2-4 years) in a hospital setting, demonstrating knowledge of contemporary hospital/clinical practice and service, and understanding of general hospital operations are required.
Experience implementing and/or maintaining pharmacy automated dispensing systems required.
Prior experience with developing, building, and maintaining pharmacy-related applications and pharmacy information systems preferred.
Avita Health System currently operates three hospitals and numerous clinic locations throughout Richland and Crawford counties. Over the last few years, the system has tripled in size serving multiple communities throughout the region. There are over 1,900 employees and over 160 employed physicians and advanced practitioners that provide high-quality healthcare to the surrounding communities.