WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Feb. 19 2013) – Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Nursing has been awarded a Facts & Comparisons® Academic Partnership Program Advancement of Clinical Education Curriculum Grant. Awarded by Wolters Kluwer Health, the $10,000 grant will be used to design a new elective course in the expanding role of pharmacy informatics in pharmacy practice. The course, Pharmacy Informatics: From Theory to Skill, will be offered for the first time in September 2013.
The new course will be developed and taught by Dana Manning, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and Joseph Zarcone, a practicing pharmacist with extensive experience in pharmacy informatics. The grant will be used to purchase the components to set up a flexible mock pharmacy computer system that will be used in the course. Students will have expanded opportunities for hands-on learning in the use of technology and automation in the medication use process that can ultimately result in decreasing medical error, reducing health care costs and improving quality of health care.
Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students. Wilkes University’s proposal was selected based on the degree to which the proposed project would enhance its drug information education to increase awareness and use of referential drug information resources to improve patient care.
According to Manning, pharmacists trained in informatics have the unique ability to not only manipulate data, but to interpret it and utilize it to improve processes. Education in pharmacy informatics will allow our pharmacists to gather and synthesize raw data, available from all of the technological resources at play, into concrete recommendations that will improve medication safety, patient education, and critical patient health outcomes.
“This course will help students to use informational resources to improve patient clinical care, and synthesize new knowledge in both clinical and administrative areas,” Manning says.
About Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
The primary mission of the Wilkes University School of Pharmacy is to provide a dynamic, challenging and comprehensive curriculum, focused on the future, that will serve as the foundation for life-long learning and practice. Graduates will be able to provide quality patient care in a wide range of health systems, in metropolitan and rural areas, and will be potential leaders in the profession. The School offers a highly competitive guaranteed-seat pre-pharmacy program to students entering as freshman. Upon successful completion of the two-year pre-pharmacy requirements, students are admitted to the doctor of pharmacy degree program. The doctor of pharmacy is the primary entry-level pharmacy practice degree in the United States. The school also offers the bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences degree.
About Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health (Philadelphia, PA) is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Health’s customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ovid®, Medknow, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource®, Lexicomp® and ProVation® Medical.
Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer had 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.