CRC Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Science - 308 pages
Applies the Principles of Informatics to the Pharmacy Profession
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
Chapter 1 What Is Pharmacy Informatics?
Chapter 3 Computer and Informatics Basics
Chapter 4 Controlled Vocabularies
Chapter 5 Literature and the World Wide Web
Chapter 6 Hospital Information Systems
Chapter 12 PDAs and Handheld Devices
Chapter 14 Clinical Pharmacokinetics Computer Programs
Chapter 15 Clinical Decision Support Systems
Chapter 16 Data Mining for Pharmacy Outcomes
The Future of Pharmacy Informatics
Chapter 17 Pharmaceutical Sciences in a Virtual World
Chapter 7 Pharmacy Information Systems
Chapter 8 Bedside Bar Coding Technology and Implementation
Chapter 9 Pharmacy Informatics as a Career
Chapter 10 Avoiding Medication Errors
Chapter 11 Teritary Information Sources for Professionals and Patients