Pharmacy Benefits Management and Clinical Informatics (PBMCI) supports Pharmacy Informatics, VA VistA architecture and Pharmacy Reengineering. The program office collaborates across the VA organization to ensure safe prescription processes are implemented. PBMCI supports the development and/or maintenance of pharmacy dashboards, data reports for clinical decision support, education and training, field communications and adherence to national VA pharmacy requirements. PBMCI also remains diligent and up to date on latest developments in the field of informatics to ensure VA is competitive and provides modern prescription services to our Veteran patients.
The Clinical Informatics Section of the Pharmacy Benefits Management Office (PBM-CI) was established in 2008 to manage and analyze data regarding the procurement, storage and dispensing of drugs and pharmaceutical supplies. It has not only retrieved drug related data and reviewed and processed it into useful information, but has performed analysis on the data. This analysis can assure compliance with business and regulatory processes as per current VA Handbooks, Directives and OIG and DEA policy and regulation, discover and act upon practices that could affect patient safety and enhance the organizations ability to meet benchmark clinical goals as identified by the Joint Commission and VA Management. The section also works closely with OI&T to develop and test VistA pharmacy program patches and interface programs between VistA and types of pharmacy specific automation and robotics. Finally, the program office contributes to enhancing informatics at the VISN and facility level and aid in succession planning by developing and offering training in a number of programs including, but not limited to Pharmacy VistA Systems, Clinical Practice, Informatics, VA Fileman, Data Analysis using SQL, building Macros and basic MUMPs programming.