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ASHP Hypocrisy


I have commented on the cluelessness of Am Soc of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) on-line publishing model in the past via their forums and on this blog.

My motivation for this is to get them to wake up and realize the potential of a full scale on line presence and to get them off of their antiquated paper publishing model before they go by the way of the Rocky Mountain News and Seattle Intelligencer

A new bizarre irony and hypocritical situation has emerged. While endorsing electronic medical records they still will not allow members to opt out of getting publications on paper. Their journal is extremely valuable and of high quality that I read religiously on lne. Every two weeks a large (rather nice, but incredibly wasteful) package arrives. Every two weeks I populate my town’s landfill with more waste.

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  1. 03/30/2009 10:56 pm

    Wow, posted this around noon and at around 4pm this comes in. It is worst than I thought. They are going to be forced into a new paradigm.

    March 30, 2009

    Dear Colleague:

    I know you are well aware of the impact that the world economic crisis is having on every individual in every sector of our economy. Few are immune to the ramifications of this international crisis, including ASHP. I would like to inform you of some very important organizational changes ASHP has had to make in response to the financial crisis in order to achieve a balanced budget for fiscal year 2010.

    1. ASHP reduced it workforce by approximately 15%.
    2. Expense reductions were implemented at all levels of the organization, including staff benefits, salaries, and programs.
    3. These reductions represent an almost 10% decrease in the ASHP operating budget.

    ASHP remains a professionally and financially strong organization

    * ASHP continues to experience positive membership growth with more than 35,000 members.
    * The ASHP operating budget exceeds $40 million, and the Society maintains a strong net worth. However, a decline in the value of ASHP’s investments has had a deleterious effect on current operations.
    * ASHP is focused on the future and intends to continue to provide high quality membership services and advocacy that supports the safe and effective use of medications through the leadership of hospital and health-system pharmacists.

    The ASHP Board of Directors intends to be open and candid with our members and partners about what they can expect as a result of the changes we have had to make. You will be hearing more from me in the coming weeks about the forward-focused changes ASHP will be implementing.

    The need for community among hospital and health-system pharmacists is greater than ever. As colleagues and citizens we are all in this together, and together we will get through these challenging times and come out stronger as individuals and as an organization. Thank you on behalf of the ASHP Board of Directors and staff for your understanding and support during these difficult times. We look forward to working with you to continue to foster a bright future for hospital and health-system pharmacists and the patients they serve.


    Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.
    Executive Vice President—Chief Executive Officer

  2. 03/31/2009 11:25 am

    The glass is half full, as Dr. Hardy reminded me that ASHP is committed to online communication with SharePoint and ASHPConnect. Thanks for reminding me about that. He also remains hopeful that AJHP has an opt out ability SOON!

    A bit spilled out yesterday. I was promoting ASHPConnect for input to the House of Delegate issues with (errrrr) some very high placed people in ASHP leadership. I was suggesting they promote it much more and mention it in every HoD communications, including a link. Great! was the response, of course. I followed up with a question that contained a link to an issue in ASHPConnect requesting comment. They emailed back that they did not know how to log on…. oh well.

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