What is Pharmacy Informatics?

Discover tools that define pharmacy informatics as a specialty practice area, resources to improving the quality of pharmacy IT and medication-management systems.  The pharmacy informaticist focuses on the application of technology for pharmacists in supporting, streamlining, improving workflow and increasing patient safety with best practices and reliable systems.

Pharmacy informatics is the scientific field that focuses on medication-related data and knowledge within the continuum of healthcare systems - including its acquisition, storage, analysis, use and dissemination - in the delivery of optimal medication-related patient care and health outcomes. (HIMSS October 2006)


e-Prescribing is the use of electronic tools to prescribe drug prescriptions. e-Prescribing tools can include both software programs, as well as hardware like personal computers, handheld and wireless devices, and touch screens. e-Prescribing is one of the integral steps to achieving broad deployment of the EHR. Other issues related to this topic area include, but are not limited to, pharmacy automation, medication compliance, pharmacy databases, CPOE and adverse drug events (ADE).