It may not be listed in the dictionary yet, but the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Societys Pharmacy Informatics Task Force has come up with a standard definition for the term pharmacy informatics.
The definition is as follows: "Pharmacy informatics is the scientific field that focuses on medication-related data and knowledge within the continuum of healthcare systems -- including its acquisition, storage, analysis, use, and dissemination -- in the delivery of optimal medication-related patient care and health outcomes."
While not yet listed on dictionary.com, "pharmacy informatics" does already have an entry in the online encyclopedia wikipedia.com: "Pharmacy informatics (PIX), also referred to as pharmacoinformatics, is the application of computers to the storage, retrieval and analysis of drug information. PIX systems help the pharmacist manage information including but not limited to medical insurance records of patients, drug interaction data as well as prescription data."
The topic of pharmacy informatics will be the subject of a group roundtable discussion at the upcoming HIMSS annual conference in New Orleans. The roundtable, titled "Pharmacy Informatics: The Next Generation," is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. CST, Tuesday, Feb. 27. The primary topic will be "Interoperability, Standards and Health Data Exchange."