Clinical Informatics Pharmacist

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


The Clinical Informatics Pharmacist works in the build, implementation, and maintenance of automation and technology to optimize pharmacy practice, pharmacy systems, and the medication-use process. Specializes in the medication process, from ordering to administration, and is responsible for effective process design, development, and implementation of the Electronic Medical Record and Clinical Decision Support. Supports pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other clinicians as the resource for requests related to EMR and pharmacy system changes and additions. Provides EMR-related staff education/training and assist with precepting of pharmacy residents.  This posotions area of focus will be on research medications, workflows and processes.

This position could be 2/3 days remote after the initial training period during which time it will be fully on-site.   Employees must reside in MA, NH or RI

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


  1. Ensures all medication lists in the clinic pharmacy dispensing system are kept up to date.  Manages the medication verification process for pharmacy.
  2. Works in the build, implementation, integration, and maintenance of automation and technology to assure safe and appropriate use of medications. Assures appropriate testing of all integrated applications.
  3. Ensures that appropriate levels of testing and operational workflows are appropriately considered and evaluated prior to implementation of software changes. Participates in development, monitoring, and evaluation of decision support for continuous improvement, particularly for medications. Partners with clinicians to identify and facilitate advanced clinical decision support implementation within the electronic medical record in order to meet clinical goals. Participates in functional testing for human factors issues before and after system upgrades and improvements.
  4. Promotes effective communication concerning medication use applications. Assumes responsibility for the timely dissemination of information as related to pharmacy automation and technology. Participates as a member of interdepartmental committees when requested and imparts knowledge related to pharmacy automation and technology. 
  5. Ensures that medication related systems support compliance with Joint Commission, Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services, and recognized pharmacy practice standards.
  6. Provides support for pharmacy residency research activities.
  7. Provides support to medical staff for drug utilization data gathering and analysis. Supports drug data analysis for Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee activities.
  8. Provides support for internal audits.
  9. Creates and modifies reports to support pharmacy related activities
  10. Assists pharmacy leadership in the advancement of pharmacy automation and technology.
  11. Helps develop and facilitate the implementation of goals and objectives for the advancement of automation technology in the Department of Pharmacy.
  12. Participates in quality projects and on assigned committees to provide expertise on using the clinical information system to achieve goals.
  13. Technology
    1. Has working knowledge of and is able to use all technology required to perform functions of daily duties
    2. Participate in training and orientation of pharmacy staff
    3. Identify when technology is not working properly and triage as appropriate
  14. Performs related duties as required.
  15. Adheres to Department Standards/Teamwork/Collaboration
    1. Maintains punctuality and dependability.  Absenteeism and tardiness are within Institute guidelines
    2. Adapts positively to frequent interruptions and changes in work environment, workload and/or work schedule
    3. Actively learns from his/her practice and the practice of others
    4. Seeks out and is receptive to constructive feedback on performance and development
    5. Demonstrates respectful and courteous behavior toward peers, coworkers, and visitors
    6. Demonstrates ability to communicate information, questions, and problems to department members in a professional and positive manner
    7. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with peers and coworkers
    8. Demonstrates the ability to communicate in a professional manner with others outside the department (i.e. patients, providers, other institutions)
    9. Works effectively as a member of a unit team and cross functional teams
    10. Promotes departmental inclusivity
    11. Leads and participate in training and orientation of pharmacy staff
    12. Understands who customer (both external and internal) is and takes responsibility for customer satisfaction and loyalty
    13. Sets an example of excellence in customer service to others
    14. Leads and participates in the orientation and training of level I and level II pharmacy technicians
    15. Serves as preceptor for pharmacy interns with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy
    16. Orients and supervises pharmacy students and technicians when needed
  16. Participates in Quality Control and Quality Improvement
    1. If applicable, responsible for submitting all monthly inspections in a timely manner.  For floor reviews this insures that the infusion, procedure, and exam rooms and refrigerators do not contain outdated or unauthorized medications.
    2. Participation in departmental quality improvement efforts when appropriate.
    3. Responsible for completion of other quality control assignments. 
  17. Completes Competency Assessment
    1.  Completes annual competencies as assigned
    2. Completion of continuing education as required to maintain license and certification
    3. Keeps up-to-date on policies and procedures and ensures compliance
    4. Attends and participates in continuing education and conferences pertinent to the practice of pharmacy
    5. Attends pharmacy staff meetings, staff development programs and protocol in-services at least 75% of the time
  18. Demonstrates Critical Thinking
    1. Demonstrates flexibility and ability to change and set priorities, adapt to new situations, and accept additional responsibilities based on the changing needs of the work setting
    2. Perform and teach pharmaceutical calculations accurately when necessary
    3. Demonstrates ability to utilize references and/or drug information sources
    4. Demonstrates the ability to resolve problems within their scope of practice
    5. Demonstrates the ability to work in all areas of pharmacy practice
  19. Participates in Assigned Institute Multidisciplinary Committees
    1. Initiates and Participates in Special Projects
    2. Collaborates with other pharmacy staff members, nurses and physicians on projects to improve patient care
    3. Prepares and presents at least one presentation and/or participates in a minimum of one project per year
  20. Systems Management
    1. Participates in the orientation and training of newly hired staff pharmacists to the pharmacy computer system.
    2. Coordinates pharmacy computer activities with other department managers.
    3. Assists pharmacy management with the implementation and evaluation of policies and procedure as it relates to the pharmacy system.
    4. Develops specifications for the pharmacy computer system.
    5. Reviews vendor packages for the incorporation into pharmacy computer system.
    6. Reviews proposals for enhancements to the pharmacy computers system.
    7. Provides updates and changes to users of the pharmacy system



  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of Pharmacy 
  • An advanced degree related to specialty practice or Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Oncology Pharmacy certification
  • 5 years of hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, or clinical trial research experience with at least 4 years in area of specialty. Residency or fellowship preferred.
  • 3 years of clinical pharmacy informatics experience required
  • Licensed to practice pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or obtained within first six months of employment. Must complete 15 continuing education credits per year to maintain licensure
  • Epic Willow Rx certification required or obtained within first six months of employment
  • Epic Clarity Data Model – Willow certification preferred
  • Epic Beacon certification preferred 

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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