More than 150 pharmacy leaders from across the country met in Dallas Nov. 7–9, 2010, to discuss what hospital and health-system pharmacy practice should look like in the future. Participants in the ASHP/ASHP Research and Education Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative Summit reached consensus on 41 characteristics that should be major features of optimal pharmacy practice models in hospitals and health systems, including the following:
- New practice models need to move the pharmacist closer to the patient;
- New practice models need to greatly expand the role of a qualified technician workforce and the use of technology;
- New practice models need to ensure pharmacy departments are accountable for the development and implementation of medication-use policy to ensure safe and effective use of medications; and
- New practice models need to require pharmacists to be accountable for patient outcomes.