2017 Technology Innovator of the Year Finalists

JULY 30, 2017
2017 Technology Innovator of the Year Finalists
Tony Guerra, PharmD
Pharmacy Technician Program Chair
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, Iowa

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
My biggest accomplishment has been helping over 6000 people learn the top 200 drugs in 1 year with my audiobook, Memorizing Pharmacology: A Relaxed Approach.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I enjoyed chemistry and wanted to use it to help people and be around others who liked chemistry. Pharmacy seemed to be a great way to do that.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
“Teach less, better” is my teaching philosophy. “The best victories come after the worst setbacks” is a personal entrepreneurial philosophy.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
I think pharmacists have been held back as entrepreneurs because they can’t work as solo practitioners. Once they can, I expect to see an explosion in innovation.
 
Kim Roberts, PharmD
Project Manager
Community Care of North Carolina
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
I am most proud of facilitating pharmacy software vendor adoption of the Pharmacist Care Plan HL7 standard as a vehicle for a new payment model for Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I entered the pharmacy profession because I saw there were a lot of innovative and nontraditional opportunities for practice in a rapidly evolving health care environment.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Building relationships is key for patient trust and overall business success.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
I believe that pharmacists will be able to optimize patient-centered care through integration of technology into pharmacy workflow. Use of interoperability standards will lead to the ability to update and share a team-based, patient-centered pharmacist care plan over time.
 
Jason Turner, PharmD
Owner and Pharmacist
Moundsville Pharmacy
Moundsville, West Virginia

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
My greatest achievements are the patient-focused programs and services my teams have developed for the pharmacy, the opportunities I have provided our pharmacy staff for personal and professional growth; and the impact that we have had on independent pharmacies across the country in improving their business, changing their workflow, and refocusing on adherence and patient outcomes.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I chose pharmacy because I wanted to help people and make a difference in their health. As a business owner, I also take pride in providing for my employees.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
I believe we should never miss opportunities for personal growth, in working as hard as it takes to achieve an outcome, and in recognizing the value of every member of the team. Over recent years, it has been these behaviors and beliefs that have allowed me and my organization to be successful.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
My vision, like many others’, is to develop a model focused on patient outcomes and a model in which high performers are recognized for their efforts, impact, and outcomes in the lives of patients.

 

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