January 18, 2011 08:38 ET

REMINDER: NCPDP Educational Summit Takes a Look at the Future of Pharmacy

Examines Emerging Technologies for Improving Patient Care, Outcomes, and the Evolving Role of Pharmacists

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), a not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, announced its upcoming Educational Summit, Leveraging New Technologies: Impact on the Patient and Healthcare Industry, February 8, 2011, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The Educational Program will preview the latest innovations that keep the pharmacy industry leading the charge for automation in healthcare to improve quality and efficiency. The summit is intended for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, payers, HIT vendors, pharmacies, processors, producers, healthcare providers, clinicians, patient advocates and others interested in taking a closer look at the pharmacy of the future, including:

  • Technology advancements, emerging technologies
  • The evolving role of pharmacists as essential to the healthcare team
  • mHealth in consumer health guidance and engagement
  • Large-scale pharmacy automation that exceeds Six-Sigma ® accuracy

Among the featured speakers are: Paul Hooper (moderator), vice president, Pharmacy Network Services, Emdeon, Inc.; Paul J. Oesterman, Pharm.D, associate professor of pharmacy practice, University of Southern Nevada, College of Pharmacy; Robert Oscar, R.Ph. president, RxEOB; Robert Franz, R.Ph. director clinical outcomes, Medco; Rick Sage, vice president, clinical practice, Emdeon, Inc.; and Wayne Armstrong, senior vice president, Argus Health Systems.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who attend this program will be able to earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits from the ACPE. CE Credit is being provided by AmerisourceBergen Corporation.

To register for the program, please go to:

Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with over 1500 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA, MMA, and HITECH. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for e-Prescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data services include the NCPDP Provider Identification Number, a unique identifier of over 75,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea, "The Prescriber Identity Solution." For more information about NCPDP Standards, Data Services, Educational Programs and Work Group meetings, go online at or call (480) 477-1000.

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