Here I sit in the airport waiting for my flight to take me to ASHP Midyear 2010 in Anaheim, CA. Â ASHP Midyear is the premiere conference/meeting for pharmacists each year. Sure there are larger healthcare conferences/meetings every year, but none are dedicated entirely to the pharmacy profession.
As this is only my second ASHP Midyear in my career Iâ€™m excited to see if the experience matches that of last year. Iâ€™m sure it will as I continue to be impressed by the number and variety of sessions crammed into such a short period of time. Of course Iâ€™m particularly interested in the informatics sessions, but itâ€™s ok if you find yourself sitting in on one of the talks updating you on whatâ€™s happening in the clinical world. I wonâ€™t hold it against you.
The week for me will kick off on Sunday morning with the Talyst Users Group meeting followed by a session on RFPâ€™s and contracts put on by the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technologyâ€™s Advisory Group on Pharmacy Operations Automation. Iâ€™ll round out Sundayâ€™s activities by attending the McKesson Safe Compounding Reception. And it will only get better from there as the week will be filled with sessions on clinical decision support, barcoding, telepharmacy, the application of social media to pharmacy, and so on and so forth.Â My week will conclude with the session titled mHealth: Thereâ€™s an App for That where I will be presenting information on the integration of the iPad into pharmacy services.
The information Iâ€™m presenting was pretty cutting edge at the time I submitted the slides, but is now clearly dated. Thatâ€™s the downside of having to submit presentation slides so far in advance. Anyway, it should still be worth the time and effort. Iâ€™ve always found it educational for myself to present information to people as someone always has something interesting to add or a good question to stimulate the thought process.
Iâ€™m looking forward to the next five days. Iâ€™ll be Tweeting (@jfahrni) as much of the event as possible in addition to posting about the dayâ€™s activities whenever feasible. I hope to see you there. If youâ€™d like to get together and talk a little pharmacy informatics/automation donâ€™t hesitate to give me a Buzz, Tweet or email.