Data Intelligence and the Framework to Build the Autonomous Pharmacy of the Future
National leaders in health system pharmacy joined together to create a framework for a fully autonomous pharmacy, leveraging technology to reduce medication errors and waste, and improve clinician satisfaction and patient outcomes. Allen and James share the work of the Autonomous Pharmacy Advisory Board in examining the safety and financial risks of manual processes, siloed technologies, and lack of robust data collection and integration at the enterprise level of pharmacy operations in today’s healthcare systems. The resulting five-level framework is a strategic vision and roadmap for achieving fully automated, interoperable, and effective medication management.
As first presented at Scottsdale Institute
“When every drug dose is presented as a node on the network, think about the data and analytics that become possible. The medication can be tracked across its entire journey, from manufacturer, throughout the supply chain, all the way to the patient, whether in an acute setting, rehab, retail or even back to the patient’s home.”
Allen Flynn, PharmD, PhD, University of Michigan Medical School
Allen Flynn, PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Learning Health Science, University of Michigan Medical School
After earning a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan, Allen Flynn studied Computer Science. He then worked as a network analyst and a hospital staff pharmacist. At Trinity Health, Allen was promoted to Informatics Coordinator and became involved with several major health IT projects. For the next eight years, he held informatics leadership roles while developing his expertise in EHRs and medication system safety. Building on that experience, Allen completed a Doctorate in Information Science in 2018. Today, Allen is a faculty member who leads the Knowledge Grid open source software program for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences. His software development team aims to support biomedical research and clinical practice by making biomedical algorithms of all sorts Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.
James Stevenson, PharmD, FASHP, FFIP
VP Medication Systems Strategy, Omnicell
James G. Stevenson is Vice President of Medication Systems Strategy at Omnicell. Previously, he served as president of hospitals and health systems services at Visante, Inc. Before joining Visante, Stevenson was chief pharmacy officer at the University of Michigan Health System and associate dean and department chair of clinical, social, and administrative sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.