The survey assessed the attitudes and experiences of more than 170 hospital executives regarding their in-house pharmacy and external consultants. It found that hospital leaders seldom have time and resources to focus on innovation for the hospital. Moreover, even less consider the pharmacy to drive improvements. When the pharmacy is involved in improvement projects, those are largely driven by external forces, such as compliance with new regulations, etc. (See the adjacent infographic for key findings from the research.)
According to Debbie Weitzman, president of U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution at Cardinal Health, this creates an opportunity for hospitals to uncover better ways to leverage the pharmacy department to drive innovation, efficiency and improvement. “A high-performing pharmacy can – and should – serve as a center of innovation for the hospital that delivers critical care to patients,” Weitzman added.