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The Future of Pharmacy: Helping Patients Live Better

Mike Hennessy
Published Online: Monday, July 14, 2014
This year marks the fifth year that Pharmacy Times, in partnership with Parata Systems, has showcased the achievements of pharmacists in our Next-Generation PharmacistTM Awards program—and we are extremely proud to present the finalists for the 2014 Next-Generation PharmacistTM Awards in this issue. You’ll find a special section that profiles these individuals in the 10 categories of excellence that highlight the main facets of the pharmacy profession. We have also historically included students and pharmacy technicians in these categories to acknowledge their very important roles within pharmacy.

As the health care landscape becomes more complicated, and the various health care professionals feel the impact of the Affordable Care Act and experience the growing needs of the newly insured population, we are in need of the skills and sensibilities of the pharmacists we honor with our Next-Generation PharmacistTM Awards—now more than ever. They are the innovators and the inspiration for others, and they bring the positive “can-do” attitude required to solve the health challenges we face as a nation. These finalists are paying close attention to the most important task at hand today: focusing on the patient, counseling for better health, and striving for best patient outcomes.

It’s a tall order, but we know that pharmacists are up to the task because they play a strategic role in value-based health care models with their keen patient insights and deep knowledge of medications and adherence challenges. And with the accessibility of pharmacists in the community nationwide, who is in a better position to influence people and guide them to better health on a day-to-day basis?

Simply put, these Next-Generation PharmacistTM finalists represent the future of pharmacy. From establishing new adherence models, to introducing cost-effective technology to improve outcomes and work flow, to creating new ways to reach patients, they demonstrate their innovative spirit and passion for serving the community. That’s just what we need to bring us closer to a society where preventive medicine and value-driven care result in healthier people and better lives.

We are very pleased to tell their stories and showcase their talents and successes. Pharmacy Times, along with Parata, will announce the winners in each of the 10 categories on August 24 in Boston as we honor them all, and we invite you to join in the celebration (see The Next-Generation PharmacistTM Awards are our way of giving back to this remarkable profession—and ensuring the future of pharmacy.

Thank you for reading!

Mike Hennessy
Chairman and CEO
Mike Hennessy, Chairman and CEO
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ABOUT MIKE HENNESSY, President, Chairman, CEO

Mike Hennessy is President, Chairman, and CEO of MJH & Associates and Intellisphere, LLC, publisher of influential journals in health care, finance, and politics, including Pharmacy Times. Pharmacy Times is a clinically based, monthly journal providing practical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management watches, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and specialty pharmacy. Pharmacy Times is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of free continuing pharmacy education.

As a businessman, entrepreneur, and publisher of magazines, iPad editions, projects, and Web sites that focus on the needs of health care professionals, Hennessy is intimately familiar with the challenges these professionals face every day in today's competitive practice environment. News & Views: Hennessy's Highlights dissects health care policy issues, the impact of pharmacy on national health care, and the critical issues that concern pharmacists as the new health care reform legislation is debated.

As publisher of Pharmacy Times, Mr. Hennessy launched the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards in partnership with Parata Systems, to recognize the achievements of pharmacists in health care. "As the leader in pharmacy publishing, Pharmacy Times is shining a light on the critical role of the pharmacist in today's health care world and providing invaluable insight into the profession," Mike Hennessy, chairman, chief executive officer, and president said. "We are proud to recognize individual pharmacists in this 2nd annual awards program."

Pharmacy Times is published by Intellisphere, LLC, a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education. Operating within both traditional and digital media channels, Intellisphere serves the needs of health care professionals through an extensive suite of magazines, journals, e-mail databases, Web sites, events and personal meetings. Intellisphere reaches more than half a million health care professionals through Pharmacy Times, Specialty Pharmacy Times, The American Journal of Managed Care, The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, MDNG,, Oncology & Biotech News, Oncology Net Guide, Contemporary Oncology, and Oncology Net Guide: Nurses' Edition.
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