University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Pharmacy
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Posted on May 22, 2020
Req #: 175443
Posting Date: 12/23/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The Department of PHARMACY has an outstanding opportunity for a part time, 50%FTE Pharmacy Drug Interaction Database Manager. This position oversees the enhancement and refinement of the drug-drug interaction database for Pharmacies at Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and UW Neighborhood Clinics. The individual reports directly to the Chief Pharmacy Officer/Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy and works closely with the Department Chair.

•Maintain the customized Cerner drug-drug interaction database until the conversion to EPIC occurs.
•Assist the Future State Epic Medication Warning Configuration Committee with decisions on the initial settings for CDS (Clinical Decision support) alerting upon conversion to EPIC.
•Evaluate and test the EPIC drug-drug interaction database for potential customization prior to go-live. If customization is possible, work with the Drug Interaction Committee to identify potential interacting drug pairs and recommend changes in their alert status based on evidence-based review of the potential interactions and the risk to patients that the interactions present.
•Identify and evaluate other options that are or may become available as alternative databases for drug related CDS.
•Provide education about drug-drug interactions and the application of informatics to improve patient safety by appropriately alerting providers to potentially harmful drug related events.
•Work closely with department directors and managers to coordinate interdepartmental activities and drug interaction data systems.
•Advise the Chief Pharmacy Officer and the departmental directors in short- and long-term goals and objectives as related to drug interaction database.
•Collaborate with the Director of Operations for each site to achieve operational efficiencies, including the allocation of resources.
•Maintain effective communication with the UW Medicine Pharmacy administrative team and other departments.
•Contribute to positive working relationships, collaborative teamwork, and service excellence with all disciplines and departments.
•Implement and employ relevant performance and quality metrics for procurement cycle activities with a focus on process improvement, service enhancement, and improved automation.
•Demonstrate creativity, imagination, initiative, and good judgment in developing, organizing and implementing ideas and programs.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

•Graduate degree in Pharmacy, related healthcare field and/or Information Sciences. •Previous experience in Pharmacy practice/related field, 5+ years experience
•Expertise in drug interaction management, development of treatment algorithms, 10+ years experience
•Experience evaluating and implementing healthcare related informatics systems, 10+ years experience
•Experience with Cerner, Epic or other EMR, 5+ years experience
•Understanding of medical terminology and related workflows. Broad knowledge of clinical operations and associate technologies
•Awareness of current IT security standards, applicable privacy laws, Joint Commission accreditation standards
•Ability to maintain confidentiality of all medical, financial, and legal information
•Strong and sound competency in mapping real-life pharmacy practices to informatics applications
•Strong knowledge of systems analysis, workflow planning, gathering business requirements and transforming them into functional specifications.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.


PharmD and time in an ASHP-accredited Residency are desirable.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or