I spent some time this week in Las Vegas attending some NCPDP work groups on standards, e-prescribing and pedigree/track and trace. Because Iâ€™m relatively naÃ¯ve in these areas I learned a lot. The NCPDP is an interesting organization that appears to be doing a lot of the right things in driving standards and improving e-prescribing in the outpatient setting. Unfortunately acute care hasnâ€™t been as aggressive in adopting these standards or implementing e-prescribing. Thatâ€™s for another blog post.
Following the scheduled meetings I found myself sitting in on a few impromptu after hours sessions where I got my first glimpse of the political side of the pharmacy underbelly. Letâ€™s just say that there are a lot of special interest groups involved in the process and much of what they want has little to do with better healthcare or improved patient care. Instead itâ€™s a whatâ€™s-in-it-for-me mentality. It was disturbing to see the good work that NCPDP was doing overshadowed by groups looking to make a buck or make sure that their competitors didnâ€™t get the upper hand.
Even though I was enlightened by the work done by NCPDP, I was troubled by the behavior of â€œindustry leadersâ€ and large healthcare providers. I believe we have forgotten the reason weâ€™re in healthcare in the first place. Iâ€™m just sayinâ€™.