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Peter J. Zed, PharmD, FCSHP
Innovation is the creation and implementation of new processes, products, services and methods of delivery, which result in significant improvements in outcomes, efficiency, effectiveness or quality. The practice of pharmacy is rapidly evolving to a necessary focus of patient-centered care with the goal to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes. To meet the needs of today’s patient we must evolve in the manner in which we train, practice and evaluate how and what we do as health care providers.
Practice Innovation is a new academic portfolio that will focus wholly on developing new models, processes, and practices for pharmacy. It will lead the way to new practices for pharmacists and help us explore and evaluate innovation in models of care and practice. Our goal is to determine priority areas within pharmacy practice where new practices will have the greatest impact on patient outcomes and sustainable health care.
The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical areas necessary to innovate in pharmacy practice to advance the knowledge, health outcomes, and the profession of pharmacy to enhance societal benefit and optimize patient care. The focus must always be the patient, but to get there we must innovate in the manner in which we train our students with essential practice-related skills, as well as provide quality experiential training opportunities to allow our students to learn in evolving practice environments. There are many steps required to meet these needs, and thus we will embark on several initiatives to lead practice innovation within contemporary practice models in which collaborative, team-based, patient-centered care is paramount. Essential to this vision will be the welcomed and necessary partnerships with our externals stakeholders, as well as other members of the health-care team, to prepare and enable pharmacists to deliver care to full scope of practice.
Practice innovation will not only require changes in academics and the practice environment, but will also require the development of a program of practice-based research to further inform what we do as pharmacists. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia is dedicated to the creation and implementation of new processes, products services and methods of delivery, which result in significant improvements in outcomes, efficiency, effectiveness or quality… Practice Innovation.