Idaho Society of 
Health-System Pharmacists


ISHP Mission Statement


The mission of ISHP is to promote the highest levels of pharmacy practice by our members.  ISHP promotes the highest levels of pharmacy practice through its affiliation with ASHP and adopts the following five goals developed by ASHP:


GOAL 1:  Improve the quality of medication use in hospitals and health systems.


  •  Medication-use quality encompasses safety (medication-error prevention) and evidence-based therapeutics.
  • Less-than-optimal outcomes from the use of medications is a major public health issue, and health-system pharmacists are well equipped to help prevent this problem.
  • The pay-for-performance movement presents opportunities for pharmacist leadership on medication-related quality-of-care measures.

Primary tactics

  1. Ensure that patient-safety and quality-improvement organizations take into account the contemporary role of health-system pharmacists in fostering safe and evidence-based use of medications.
  2. Support the development and adoption of nationally standardized performance measures for medication use and pharmacy practice.
  3. Foster best practices related to patient safety in the use of medicines.
  4. Support the creation and dissemination of evidence-based drug information.

GOAL 2:  Foster optimal models for the deployment of pharmacy resources in hospitals and health systems.


  • The choices that pharmacy department leaders make in deploying their human and technology resources should be designed to serve the greatest patient-care needs.
  • Patients who need the drug therapy management services of pharmacists often do not have access to those services when third-party payers do not provide adequate coverage.
  • The value derived from investments in information technology in the medication use process depends in large measure on how pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other health professionals interface with that technology.

Primary tactics

  1. Encourage hospital and health-system pharmacy departments to evaluate and optimize their practice models (deployment of resources, including how pharmacists and technicians spend their time), and provide information and advice on how to conduct such assessments.
  2. Encourage research on optimal pharmacy practice models in various types of hospital and health-system settings.
  3. Improve awareness of the patient-care capabilities of pharmacists among health professionals, health executives, public policy makers, and the general public.
  4. Assertively advocate for equitable pharmacy reimbursement, a competitive marketplace for pharmaceuticals, and expansion of third-party payment for pharmacist drug therapy management services.

Goal 3:  Ensure that the pharmacy work force in hospitals and health systems has the capacity to meet current and future patient-care needs.


  • Work force capacity encompasses both competencies and numbers of practitioners.
  • The pace of scientific and technical advancements in medication use will continue to be strong, which will increase pressures on pharmacists to expand their capacity for drug therapy management.
  • There is an urgent need to enhance the capabilities of the pharmacy technician work force so that pharmacists will delegate more tasks to them and redirect their own efforts toward patient-care services.

Primary tactics

  1. Foster the expansion of accredited pharmacy residency training and the development of other training opportunities consistent with the needs in health-system pharmacy practice.
  2. Seek to ensure that new pharmacy graduates have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary for entering health-system practice or beginning residency training.
  3. Work toward achieving a well-defined and well-qualified pharmacy technician work force.
  4. Provide information and guidance on work force competency assurance for the full array of pharmacy functions, including direct patient care.

Goal 4:  Cultivate the leadership skills of health-system pharmacists.


  • Leadership drives change and improvement in all aspects of the medication-use process, from frontline practice to executive functions.
  • If the leadership abilities of all pharmacists are nurtured, more pharmacists will be prepared to assume larger responsibility for management and leadership in all facets of the medication-use process.
  • The talents required for effective leadership of the pharmacy department are not well understood by hospital and health-system executives.

Primary tactics

  1. Support robust and multifaceted leadership-development programs.
  2. Recognize and celebrate the leadership achievements of health-system pharmacists in all facets of the medication-use process.
  3. Highlight the benefits of careers in pharmacy department management and leadership.
  4. Inform hospital and health-system executives of the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively lead the pharmacy department; develop a system to help them identify pharmacists who have this competency; and encourage them to include their lead pharmacist in their executive group.

Goal 5:  Foster the creation and implementation of health information technologies that produce continuous improvement in medication use in hospitals and health systems.


  • Implementation of health information technologies is consuming immense effort in hospital and health-system pharmacy practice.
  • The promise of future health information technologies is that continuous analysis of patient care data will lead to improved patient care practices and outcomes.
  • Significant leadership will be required by ASHP and its members to realize the promise of future health information technologies related to medication use in hospitals and health systems.

Primary tactics

  1. Assertively advise health information technology (HIT) stakeholders on the development of HIT standards that foster safe and evidence-based use of medications.
  2. Provide guidance to health-system pharmacists on major issues related to the selection, implementation, maintenance, and management of health information technologies.
  3. Foster the development of a cadre of pharmacists who are well prepared to collaborate in the development, implementation, and optimization of health information technologies related to medication use.
  4. Ensure that ASHP’s drug information expertise is applied in the development of clinical decision support and data analysis systems related to medication use.


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