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Press Release

January 23, 2019

ASHP Foundation Releases 2019 Pharmacy Forecast Report to Enhance Strategic Planning

The ASHP Foundation has released its annual trends report for 2019, Pharmacy Forecast 2019: Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hospitals and Health Systems

Pharmacy Forecast 2019 addresses important developments that are likely to challenge pharmacists over the next five years. The report features insights from author teams of healthcare leaders. 

“In response to the uncertainties surrounding healthcare over the past several years, health-system pharmacy leaders must be deliberate in their strategic planning efforts to ensure their organization’s success,” said Pharmacy Forecast Editor Lee Vermeulen. “The Pharmacy Forecast provides health-system pharmacy leaders a tool to help with those efforts. It provokes creative and innovative thinking around emerging trends to spark discussions that are essential to successful strategic planning efforts.”

The report analyzes trends and presents more than 40 actionable strategic recommendations to pharmacy practice leaders in the following eight areas: 

  • Future of Pharmacy Education and Workforce
  • Medications Are Key Drivers of Healthcare Finance and Care Delivery
  • The Opioid Crisis
  • Ethical Issues: Conflicting Imperatives and Erosion of Behavioral Norms
  • Technology Innovations and Involvement by Pharmacy Leaders
  • Empowering Patients to Optimize Medication Use
  • Driving Pharmacy Care Forward in Uncertain Times
  • Disruptive Forces in Healthcare

Creation of the Pharmacy Forecast 2019 report was supported by an unrestricted grant from Omnicell, Inc., to the David A. Zilz Leaders for the Future Fund of the ASHP Foundation.

About the ASHP Foundation
The ASHP Foundation was established in 1968 by ASHP as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, our vision is that patient outcomes improve because of the leadership and clinical skills of pharmacists, as vital members of the healthcare team, accountable for safe and effective medication use. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of patients in health systems through appropriate, safe, and effective medication use.