Clinical Informatics Pharmacist
Company: Metro Health - University of Michigan Health
Posted on: December 5, 2019
General Summary: The Clinical Informatics Pharmacist (CIP) is an
expert in human factors, patient safety, and in the use of
technology to optimize care delivery through the planning,
development, build, implementation, and maintenance of pharmacy and
medication related systems under the direction of the Director of
Pharmacy Services. The CIP works with multiple departments
throughout the organization to coordinate, educate, implement, and
promote systems that improve the efficiency, accuracy, and cost
effectiveness of hospital and pharmacy operations, including the
electronic medical record system (EMR). The CIP supervises the
planning, development, build, testing, training, troubleshooting
and ongoing maintenance of the pharmacy and medication related
subsections within the EMR. Essential Functions and
- Promotes positive outcomes through the safe and effective use
of medications in all patient populations through the effective use
of technologies and automation to mitigate or preferably prevent
error prone human failure modes.
- Coordinates with the health system’s IT department, and the
Pharmacy leadership team, all pharmacy or medication strategic
information systems including planning and analysis of the pharmacy
information network and automation technologies.
- Responsible for design, build, and ongoing management and
maintenance, working in collaboration with others, of medication
records used across the organization. This oversight includes EHR
medication related clinical alert / best practice systems with a
goal of reducing alert fatigue, and providing clinicians with
actionable data that improves patient outcomes and prevents
- Acts as a resource to those within the Pharmacy department and
to others across the health system providing clinical advice, and
material support regarding the use of technology to optimize the
medication use process, from ordering to administration.
- Responsible for recommending system-wide decisions regarding
current and future pharmacy and/or medication build for the
Hospital’s electronic medical record system (EMR).
- Ensures electronic drug information databases, pump libraries
and interfaces are secure, up-to-date, and functional
troubleshooting systems when necessary to return operations to an
- Supports physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinicians
by being a resource regarding the use of the pharmacy section and
settings within hospital’s EMR, and the EMR in general.
- Evaluates requests for system modification and improvements,
determining the feasibility, risks, and costs of implementing such
- Works closely with Hospital, IT, and Pharmacy leadership, as
well as the Medication Safety Committee, other Pharmacy IT staff,
Quality Department, and the Accreditation Compliance staff to
clarify needs, prioritize requests, and design workflow to fit
- The CIP will train, supervise, and direct the efforts of
support personnel as needed.
- The CIP will participate in quality initiatives as needed to
measure and improve the efficiency and design of the EMR to
facilitate better outcomes and lower costs.
- Oversee IT purchasing and returns for Pharmacy related
hardware, software and interfaces.
- Maintains IT, legal, drug information, and financial records
- Develops and maintains overall principles for safe design and
use of order sets.
- Maximizes technology design to achieve the best possible
- Communicates effectively with both internal and external
- Maintains knowledge of current systems and seeks out innovative
Pharmacy IT systems.
- Participates in the functional testing for human factor related
- Provides education and information on pharmaceutical care and
drug therapy, including supervision and instruction of pharmacy
students on clinical rotations.
- Participates in clinical data collection, and preparation
and/or presentation of drug reviews, medication use evaluations,
antibiograms, adverse drug reaction reports, medication event
reports, and pharmacy clinical workload reports related to oncology
- Contributes to the quality and effective operation of the
- Participates in quality projects and on assigned committees to
provide expertise regarding the use of the electronic medical
record and decision support system to achieve organizational
- Performs other duties as assigned. These may include but are
not limited to: Maintaining a current knowledge base of department
processes, protocols and procedures, pursuing self-directed
learning and continuing education opportunities, and participating
on committees, task forces, and work groups as determined by
Keywords: Metro Health - University of Michigan Health, Wyoming , Clinical Informatics Pharmacist, Healthcare , Wyoming, Michigan
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