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Pharmacy Informatics

1st Edition

By Philip O. Anderson, Susan M. McGuinness, Philip E. Bourne

CRC Press

308 pages | 75 B/W Illus.

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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.


"One of the arguments against increasing the informatics content of pharmacy curricula has been the absence of an appropriate text. That argument can now be silenced with the availability of the Anderson text."

—William G. Troutman, Pharm.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

"I think this work is a much-needed addition to pharmacy education and practice. Pharmacy informatics is increasingly becoming an essential area of pharmacy practice and this book provides the foundation for this important topic."

—Rita Shane, Pharm.D., FASHP, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

"The diversity in backgrounds of the three editors has enabled them to fashion a textbook that … should serve as a treatise for the evolving curricula in pharmacy to refine over the years."

—From the Foreword by Palmer Taylor, Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sandra and Monroe Trout Chair in Pharmacology, and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA

Table of Contents


What Is Pharmacy Informatics?, Philip O. Anderson, Susan M. McGuinness , and Philip E. Bourne

Drivers of Change: Emergent Information and Biotechnologies, Howard R. Asher and Philip E. Bourne


Computer and Informatics Basics, Philip E. Bourne

Controlled Vocabularies, Philip E. Bourne and Susan M. McGuinness

Literature and the World Wide Web, Susan M. McGuinness

Information Systems

Hospital Information Systems, Joshua Lee

Pharmacy Information Systems, Daniel T. Boggie, Jennifer J. Howard, and Armen I. Simonian

Bedside Bar Coding Technology and Implementation, Ashley J. Dalton

Pharmacy Informatics as a Career, Armen I. Simonian

Avoiding Medication Errors, Joseph E. Scherger and Grace M. Kuo

Tertiary Information Sources for Professionals and Patients, Philip O. Anderson and Susan M. McGuinness

PDAs and Handheld Devices, Joseph J. Ennesser

Decision Support

The Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine, Laura J. Nicholson

Clinical Pharmacokinetics Computer Programs, Philip O. Anderson

Clinical Decision Support Systems, Pieter J. Helmons

Data Mining for Pharmacy Outcomes, Robert H. Schoenhaus

The Future of Pharmacy Informatics

Pharmaceutical Sciences in a Virtual World, Philip E. Bourne

Where Do We Go from Here?, Richard M. Peters


About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Pharmacology
MEDICAL / Pharmacy
SCIENCE / Biotechnology