Focus on Current Thinking

Monday, September 28th, 2015
In order to be innovative in pharmacy, a systematic process must be followed.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
In order to innovate, a systematic process must be followed.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Over the past few months, I have described generalities associated with the concept of innovation by defining the terms, maintaining that this movement has staying power, and providing perspectives on how pharmacy remains opposed to it.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
It may be strange to suggest that pharmacy is opposed to innovation, but I find more instances of opposition than signs of support. Let me further describe why I take this perspective and the reasons it is apparent in pharmacy and health care today.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
The term innovation is frequently used in today's lexicon. Whether it is used as a verb (to innovate) or an adjective to describe an activity (innovative), the term appears in all sectors of society.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Every time I have written about innovation for Pharmacy Times, I am amazed at the response it generates.
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
In the last decade, pharmacists have identified their career sector by the way in which they describe themselves.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
The opportunities and challenges in health-system pharmacy are broader and larger than one can imagine, but achievements are being made one day at a time.
Sunday, December 7th, 2014
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting is still billed as a "can't miss" event.
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
One major reason why the United States has few concerns about the supply chain is the role of the US Pharmacopeial Convention.
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Pharmacists can benefit from taking time out to assess the hectic pace of their professional lives.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Pharmacists need to view themselves as entrepreneurs and examine their individual careers as start-up companies.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
In order for pharmacists to be irreplaceable, they must be adaptable.
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Pharmacists and educators can help to shape the future of the profession by encouraging students to develop a growth mindset.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Developing a quality-focused culture in a health system requires changing a range of behaviors in addition to adopting tools designed to improve quality.
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
A pair of Harvard economists crunched the numbers and found that pharmacy is the most egalitarian profession in terms of relative pay for men and women.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Is the ideal of a healthy work-life balance a myth?
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Should all patients should have access to all treatments, regardless of their cost?
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
A guide to how compounding activities need to change in the wake of the meningitis outbreak associated with the New England Compounding Center.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
In order for health care organizations to succeed, they need to keep up with innovations in other industries.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting offers an opportunity to take the pulse of the profession and learn about new trends and concerns in health-system pharmacy.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Pharmacists need to help ensure that medications are not purchased from providers with lax standards of quality.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
If you attend an international pharmacy meeting, you will most likely find that pharmacists from all over the world share similar professional concerns.
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
If pharmacists follow evidence-based medicine, they should feel free to recommend religion or faith to patients when the data supports it.
Friday, August 9th, 2013
Pharmacists need to adopt healthy behaviors if they want to inspire their patients to so do as well.
Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Now that Plan B One-Step is available OTC with no restrictions, there is one less medication that falls into the "behind-the-counter" category, potentially limiting the future scope of pharmacists' practice.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Putting your employees' needs before your own can be the secret to effective workplace management.
Stephen F. Eckel, PharmD, MHA, Pharmacy Times Health-System Edition Editor
Blog Info
Stephen Eckel is an avid reader on issues impacting the practice of health-system pharmacy. His writings discuss recent articles or books he has read, with perspectives on how they relate to the current practice of health-system pharmacy. He enjoys hearing feedback from readers of his work, even if they do not agree with his opinions.
Author Bio
Stephen Eckel received his bachelor of science in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University Medical Center and then joined UNC Hospitals as a clinical pharmacist. Eckel also holds a master's of health care administration from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Eckel is a clinical associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and is the division's vice chair for graduate and postgraduate education. He is also director of graduate studies and is in charge of the 2-year master of science program in pharmaceutical sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration, which is hosted at multiple sites across North Carolina. He is associate director of pharmacy and director of pharmacy residency programs at UNC Hospitals, where he leads and develops a dynamic group of patient-care providers. He has worked with almost 200 residents in his career. Eckel is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

As an innovator and entrepreneur, Eckel spearheaded the development of UNC Pharmacy Grand Rounds with ASHP and launched ChemoGLO LLC with Bill Zamboni, PharmD, PhD. He is the editor of the health-system edition of Pharmacy Times and a passionate supporter of the role of the pharmacist in patient care. He regularly publishes his research and is frequently asked to speak around the world on these issues.

Eckel has also been very active in the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. He has been elected chair of the Acute Care Practice Forum and a board member. He has served many years in the ASHP House of Delegates. He was also the chair of the ASHP Council of Pharmacy Practice from 2009 to 2010. His is a Fellow of ASHP and APhA.
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