Offsite Clinical Pharmacist Provides Medication Expertise at U of Colorado

As with so many technology-facilitated relationships these days, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine discovered that distance need not be a barrier when providing clinical pharmacy services to its outpatient family medicine clinics.  While onsite clinical pharmacy services had been offered at the university’s A.F. Williams Family Medicine clinic for more than 15 years, those services were not cost-effective for the three other, more distant clinics. By developing relationships built on mutual trust and respect, clinical pharmacists reviewing the medication regimens of patients with upcoming appointments via their EPIC electronic medical record have saved more than $52,000 in unnecessary high-cost drugs, among other impressive results. Study co-author Joseph J. Saseen, MD, explains further in this video interview with Wing of Zock editor Jennifer Salopek. The CU team was recognized for its work in the AAMC’s Clinical Care Innovation Challenge. A full abstract of the study can be found here.