Hello, old friend, itâ€™s been a while.
I have neglected this weblog. The reasons are not important. I continue to write, explore ideas, and think about technology. However, for the past several months Iâ€™ve been using a more traditional method to record my thoughts, i.e. pen and paper. Thereâ€™s something cathartic about writing in a notebook, and Iâ€™ve filled a few.
The world of pharmacy technology has, at least in my mind, become a bit stale. Iâ€™ve been exploring other technologies that I donâ€™t routinely see in pharmacies, such as artificial intelligence and neural networks, augmented reality, nanotechnology, 3D printing (see some of this in healthcare), autonomous vehicles, and so on. This has allowed me to keep my sanity while continuing to work as a practicing pharmacist.
I continue to explore pharmacy topics but in a more philosophical way. Iâ€™ve had many long discussions with pharmacists both young and old about the profession, past, present, and future. Some of the discussions have been enlightening and encouraging. Others have been disturbing and gut-wrenching. Overall, the profession is heading in a direction I donâ€™t want to go. Iâ€™ve seen and heard things that lead me to believe that the profession as a whole is on life support. Â If one were to gaze into the future and be truly honest with themselves, they would realize that pharmacy exists out of nostalgia more than necessity. But thatâ€™s of no importance here, at this moment.
This weblog is a personal space, where I can write about pharmacy and other topics of interest to me. It was never intended to be used for business. I have to remember that. With that said, I think it might be time to revive my digital presence here. I have a lot of things to talk about. Some pharmacy related, some not. Some technology related, some not. Some uplifting, some discouraging. All interesting, at least to me.
Iâ€™m thinking about a career move that would free up my weekends again. If that happens, perhaps we can even enjoy some Saturday Morning Coffee together. I miss my Saturday Morning Coffee.