The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) next month will examine how new technology is influencing patient care, health outcomes and the role of pharmacists at its Educational Summit in Las Vegas.


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NCPDP summit to gauge impact of emerging technology

January 19th, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) next month will examine how new technology is influencing patient care, health outcomes and the role of pharmacists at its Educational Summit in Las Vegas.

NCPDP said the event, to be held Feb. 8 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and titled "Leveraging New Technologies: Impact on the Patient and Health Care Industry," will preview the latest innovations that "keep the pharmacy industry leading the charge" for automation in health care to improve quality and efficiency.

Participants will take a closer look at "the pharmacy of the future," including technology advancements and emerging technologies, the evolving role of pharmacists as key members of a patient's health care team, mHealth (i.e. mobile health technology) in consumer health guidance and engagement, and large-scale pharmacy automation that exceeds Six-Sigma accuracy, according to NCPDP.

The pharmacy services standards development organization said the summit is intended for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, payers, health information technology (HIT) vendors, pharmacy operators, processors, producers, health care providers, clinicians and patient advocates.

Featured speakers include Paul Hooper (moderator), vice president of pharmacy network services at Emdeon Inc.; Paul Oesterman, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy; Robert Oscar, president of RxEOB; Robert Franz, director clinical outcomes at Medco; Rick Sage, vice president of clinical practice at Emdeon; and Wayne Armstrong, senior vice president at Argus Health Systems.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who attend the program, for which they can register on the NCPDP's web site, will be able to earn continuing education credits from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The credits are being provided by AmerisourceBergen Corp., NCPDP said.

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