Pharmacy Informatics

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CRC Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Science - 308 pages
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Applies the Principles of Informatics to the Pharmacy Profession
Emphasizes Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement Approaches

Leading the way in the integration of information technology with healthcare, Pharmacy Informatics reflects some of the rapid changes that have developed in the pharmacy profession. Written by educators and professionals at the forefront in this field, the book shows how informatics plays a central role in providing productive and efficient healthcare services.

After defining pharmacy informatics, the text explores the information and biomedical technologies that are the drivers of change. It then discusses the basics of maintaining the reliability and security of computers in a connected world, the need for standardization in the healthcare industry, and effective strategies for searching, evaluating, and managing the wide variety of information resources available today. The next section covers the types of information systems that exist in hospitals and pharmacies, including bar coding. The book then presents tools for evidence-based practice, computerized clinical pharmacokinetics methods, clinical decision support, and data mining methods to improve therapy, reduce adverse outcomes, and cut costs. The final section examines various developments driven by the Internet and how current informatics solutions must evolve to maximize their potential.

The continual growth and increasing complexity of therapeutic information necessitate new ways for effectively handling medical data and ultimately providing better patient care. This book discusses how these changes affect pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists, preparing them for what lies ahead in this evolving field.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Pharmacy Informatics?
3
Emergent Information and Biotechnologies
7
Prerequisites
21
Chapter 3 Computer and Informatics Basics
23
Chapter 4 Controlled Vocabularies
37
Chapter 5 Literature and the World Wide Web
53
Information Systems
75
Chapter 6 Hospital Information Systems
77
Chapter 12 PDAs and Handheld Devices
161
Decision Support
183
Chapter 13 The Practice of EvidenceBased Medicine
185
Chapter 14 Clinical Pharmacokinetics Computer Programs
199
Chapter 15 Clinical Decision Support Systems
217
Chapter 16 Data Mining for Pharmacy Outcomes
239
The Future of Pharmacy Informatics
251
Chapter 17 Pharmaceutical Sciences in a Virtual World
253

Chapter 7 Pharmacy Information Systems
93
Chapter 8 Bedside Bar Coding Technology and Implementation
107
Chapter 9 Pharmacy Informatics as a Career
123
Chapter 10 Avoiding Medication Errors
133
Chapter 11 Teritary Information Sources for Professionals and Patients
147
Chapter 18 Where Do We Go from Here?
263
Index
275
Back cover
291
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Philip O. Anderson is a health sciences clinical professor of pharmacy in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla.

Susan M. McGuinness is the pharmacy librarian in the Biomedical Library and an assistant clinical professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla.

Philip E. Bourne is a professor of pharmacology in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla. He is also the associate director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank.

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