Report directly to Director of Pharmacy. Liaison between Pharmacy and MIT Clinical Systems Allscripts Team. Primary responsibility - all aspects of Pharmacy billing and Pharmacy Informatics, in addition to Pyxis, Smart Pumps. A.Alfano request
As technology evolves at Medical Center New Rochelle and the Health System as a whole, there is a need for clinical and information technology expertise within the pharmacy department. This individual would be required to have experience in Medication Safety and Information Technology initiatives including the Allscripts product. Epic experience is also preferred but not required as training would be available once the transition begins for New Rochelle.
With the pharmacy billing problems identified over the last two years, it has become apparent that an additional resource is required to maintain the proper formulary configuration and to ensure adequate and appropriate bills are generated. There is also an additional need of an experienced person who' s focus and job responsibility is building and maintaining safe and efficient systems. The department understands that there will be a transition from Allscripts to Epic within the next two years and that there is a team of experts employed by Medical Center on the IT side of Epic/Willow who work closely with the administrative and clinical pharmacy team. However, there is not enough clinical/technical support dedicated to maintaining systems on the department level. These systems include Smart Pump Technology (Sigma Spectrum – currently not wireless, requiring manual update), Pyxis Carefusion with possible future expansion, Craneware Pharmacy Chargelink, as well as clinical and technical aspects of the CPOE system. These systems continue to grow and require the expertise of an Informatics Clinical Pharmacist.
The Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Informatics will be responsible for the clinical and medication use policy dimensions of the pharmacy information and technological systems and future technology that will be added to the department of pharmacy/institution. This person is responsible for the coordination of the systems with an intimate understanding of the changing scientific and biomedical evidence, dynamic medication distribution systems and maturing technology.
The position is responsible for achieving in-depth knowledge of the software and to assist and maintain medication related components within the CPOE system, smart pump technology, automated dispensing cabinets and other systems that will interface with the department of pharmacy for operational efficiency. This individual will report directly to the Director of Pharmacy. He or she will interact with all levels of staff within and outside the department of pharmacy to determine the best and safest medication use processes as related to software and hardware functioning. The incumbent will perform in-depth analyses of clinical and technical issues associated with the use of pharmacy related software.
The Clinical Pharmacist for Informatics is also responsible for developing and documenting the internal procedures that will be used in many of the software products within the department of pharmacy. In addition he/she is responsible for data analysis and performance improvement projects within the department as related to the use of technology.
The ASHP also has a position statement on the pharmacist' s role in clinical informatics which is attached separately.
Major responsibilities of this individual are outlined below.
• Involvement with database builds, maintenance and data analysis for quality improvement activities with constant monitoring if these systems
• Act as liaison between clinical pharmacy and IT Analysts
• Review billed transaction errors within Allscripts making necessary rebills and/or corrections
• Review Craneware suggestions for NDC and/or price changes on a regular basis making changes as necessary or proving to IT Analyst for configuration
• Ensure all new products purchased by pharmacy are configured in the CPOE system and automated dispensing cabinets for appropriate interface, billing and barcode administration scanning
• Ensure new items added to hospital formulary are configured properly in the CPOE system with appropriate billing and clinical parameters to ensure safe and proper clinical use and charging
• Review purchase/cost files quarterly to determine required changes and provide data to IT Analyst for upload into CPOE
• Ensure clinical orders and order sets meet regulatory and clinical requirements for appropriateness and patient safety; working with IT Analyst to provide such parameters
• Maintain Pyxis formulary, user list, and review overrides to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
• Act as liaison with Pyxis and/or clinical staff to trouble shoot and correct operational issues with Pyxis
• Develop and maintain IV Smart Pump library; review on a quarterly basis and as needed (done in conjunction with interdisciplinary input for appropriate parameters)
• Coordinate manual IV Smart Pump library uploads with nursing leadership to ensure all pumps are updated timely
• Ensure compliance with standardization of IV concentrations per ASHP guidelines
• Basic knowledge of Allscripts SRX config and billing
• Knowledge of Allscripts KBMA scan code association
• Knowledge of Pyxis Medstation 3500 formulary management and other administrative functions (e.G. Reports, user configuration, etc)
• Knowledge of Craneware Pharmacy Chargelink preferred but not required
• Minimum 2 years Clinical Pharmacy experience in a hospital setting