Current Job Outlook for Pharmacy Informatics | ASHP Midyear Perspectives



what is going on in one today we have a very special four-part miniseries on pharmacy informatics and the footage you're about to watch is actually compiled from both the 2017 and 2018 a sh p mid-year from various informatics pharmacists and we're going to talk about four important topics today or at least they're four questions that are often asked the first question is what is the job market like for informatics pharmacists the second is what do you look for when hiring and informatics pharmacists the third is is AP gy2 in pharmacy informatics required and number four what tip or advice can you offer to students looking to pursue a career in pharmacy informatics now before the footage rolls I want to say a big big thank you to everyone that participated in this video and with that I hope you all enjoy the video I think the suppliant Amman are relatively well balanced I think depending on what you're trying to recruit for so the supply of positions will grow incrementally since mostly institutions and most hospital pharmacies at this point are on an EHR and that's not all there are still some paper huntsmen as the systems out there that will convert that was where the bowl for the physicians came up over the last several years so now it's more steady growth and implementing you know larger pharmacy enterprises and the health systems as they try to grow that they're gonna kick you need to grow those businesses but I don't think we're going to see big explosions at this point so from a supply and demand standpoint we're putting out 27 pgy to train residents every year there's a handful of or I'll call it traditional or old school training that goes on with folks that kind of end up in informatics at a smaller institution or something like that or get promoted into it and they get converted into it so I think this apply to men are relatively well balanced but I don't think that our PV issues and our graduates are gonna have any problems getting physicians and informatics I think with the more adaptable technology in the healthcare system you are getting more involved in technology pharmacists are really equipped to be in that section and I think there is a lot of opportunity out there especially with new technologies predictive analytics you know you hear a lot about blockchain artificial intelligence I think there's a huge market in there there's a lot of ideas to be applied but needs people to work on so I think there's there's a huge opportunity coming up in the next couple of years I think the job market is really good for informatics pharmacists I think that for pharmacists overall we're getting a dewpoint where you have a kind of a saturated market I think that informatics is an area that's going to continue to grow so there'll be more opportunities in the future well the informatics job market for pharmacists right now it's in a challenging phase there's a lot of change moving over to the to the EHR and safe medication practices but it's tough because there's no real national certification so it's hard it's a tough job market if you want to get into it and you don't have any job experience I think job market is is pretty pretty open right now even in the Denver area where I think some of the farms of jobs are saturated there's a lot of these just as health systems are taking on new EHRs you have a lot of transitions you know to some of the larger more well-known systems and there's a lot of Hospital acquisitions are happening those smaller hospitals will be transitioning from their existing EHR vendor to you know health systems so I think that there's definitely a lot of opportunity even if that's going out to remote locations or locations where these health these hospitals have been purchased and required so yeah I'm looking forward to that market so the basic job outlook I'd say it's pretty strong especially now with institutions going live with EHRs as well as joining pump integration I think the demand is going to be there maybe not so much as a full time perspective but certainly from a consulting or even temporary positions that we're seeing a lot of people coming in doing like six-month projects and going but I don't see that demand really there right now for time efficiency I think the job outlook is pretty good right now with a lot of the different requirements associated with having technology requirements with people use but now going into hacker and myths I think that Alex is still pretty making sure that you have the professionals at your institution your technology and automation according to what the demands are of an institution I actually think the job outlook for informatics pharmacist is very strong and why the reason I say that is is that electronic medical record software continues to expand in the robustness of the capabilities that it has especially in the in the areas of medication management and as each one of those features and systems and modules gets its deployed and implemented at organizations it becomes very clear that you need pharmacists to help manage the content and keep it running smoothly so our team has continued to grow over the years at my organization and I think it's similar to what I hear from from other sites and I think that the value of pharmacy and pharmacists that do that specialize in informatics is is as high as it's ever been hey guys thanks for tuning in and watching the video if you like the content definitely hit the impro rx button over to your left to subscribe and definitely check out more videos over here to your right now as always if you have questions comments and even better suggestions for future videos definitely let me know what the comments below otherwise until next time guys

5 Comments

  1. Brian Fung said:

    What do you guys think about the current job outlook?

    May 22, 2019
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  2. Muhammad Asim said:

    SIr can u please send me your email please

    May 22, 2019
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  3. Espi Ma said:

    How long it takes to be there?

    May 22, 2019
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  4. Tim Kirk said:

    Hey Brian. Just wanted to say great job once again, thank you for the continuous hard work, exceptional content, your passion for what you do really resonates in your videos. Lastly, happy holidays/new year.

    As far as the topic of this video, I find it interesting that the responses are pretty mixed. I wonder if it has anything to do with the demand based on geographical location of the individuals featured in the video. I think it's definitively a positive that the supply is controlled by residency training spots for the most part, and there is much greater barrier to entry compared to the likes of retail pharmacy, etc. My perspective is a bit limited and so what I am about to say is more observational than experience based. I personally know two IT RPh, and both of them work for very large academic hospitals, where the pharmacy departments have fruitful budgets to work with. Unfortunately, where I work and the rotations that I had were relatively small hospitals where they didn't have IT RPh positions. From what I see, a lot of the hospitals find ways to save money by implementing "hybrid" type of shifts where RPh split the shits doing clinical work and some drug distribution; IT RPh positions tends to be left out of the budget. Some hospitals that I've worked in may designate a technician to do IT tasks, obviously not the best way to fill the void.

    Overall, in my area, I have seen less than a handful of job positions for IT pharmacists, so I would say that if you are interesting in the field, it's good to be flexible and able to relocate. You may not find an IT RPh positions in your area of choice to start your career. But seems like a wonderful career to get into. From what I've seen, the working condition are quite good compared to other types of pharmacy practice.

    May 22, 2019
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  5. Emmanuel Njigha said:

    Thank you so much for providing this! As a current pharmacy informatics resident, this is helpful to hear as I pursue pharmacy informatics positions after my training.

    May 22, 2019
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