Dr. Neil MacKinnon, a pharmacist, is an ASHP member and a member of the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners’ (SICP) Advisory Group (SAG) on Small and Rural Hospitals. He is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, a sister organization to ASHP.
Neil is a Professor of Public Health and the Director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health. He is the only pharmacist with this type of unique role among the 50 State Offices of Rural Health across the US. He is also just one of two pharmacists on faculty at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
A new policy paper is available from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis:
Rural Pharmacy Closures: Implications for Rural Communities
Between May 1, 2006, and October 31, 2010, 119 retail community rural pharmacies that had been the only local source of pharmacy services closed. The RUPRI Center Policy Brief provides further detail on these rural pharmacy closures in which the pharmacist was the only clinical provider available in the community at the time the pharmacy closed, affecting 31 communities. Among them, 17% were located in remote rural areas.
You read the policy brief here: http://cph.uiowa.edu/rupri/publications/policybriefs/2013/Pharmacist%20Loss%20Brief%20022813.pdf
AzHeC and HINAz Collaborating to Recruit Providers
AzHeC and Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAz) recently announced a collaborative effort to recruit providers to participate in health information exchange through HINAz. HINAz is the statewide health information organization (HIO), and its members represent 340 Arizona health care facilities that account for more than 15,000 licensed hospital beds and 3.3 million patient days statewide.
HINAz will allow an authorized provider to securely access and view records from multiple sources such as hospitals, labs, pharmacies and ultimately even other providers. Initially records from major data providers such as labs, pharmacies and hospitals will be accessed and viewed by providers electronically. Ultimately, as this system advances and matures, it is expected that all Arizona providers will link their EHR into the system allowing all authorized providers to securely share patient health records and coordinate care.
HINAz Offers EHR-Lite to Providers
HINAz has announced that it is offering an EHR-Lite product at no charge for the initial six months for up to 1,500 Arizona providers. The product will offer basic EHR functionality and will provide a connection to HINAz. For more information on the EHR-Lite offer, contact AzHeC at (602) 688-7200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pfizer Medical Education Group (PMEG): Adolescent Immunization –
Deadline: February 27, 2013 – Letter of Intent Purpose: to support organizations with a focus in healthcare professional education and quality improvement to provide projects related to overcoming barriers to adolescent immun-ization. Barriers may be related to health care providers, pa-tients, caregivers, or systems. Eligible Applicants: Local Government, Academic Institutions, Consortia and Non Profits Total of amount: $750,000 is available to support awards of up $500,000 Contact: Susan Connelly at email@example.com http://www.pfizer.com/files/responsibility/grants_contributions/rfp_adolescent_immunization.pdf