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Waimea pharmacists to address changing role


A free opportunity to learn about the evolution of the role of pharmacists on Hawaii Island, and what it means to the general public, is taking place 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Tutu’s House in Waimea, the next in a series of lectures offered by the Hawaii Island Beacon Community (HIBC).

Kathy Schwarting, Waimea Foodland pharmacist, and Waimea KTA pharmacy manager Brandy Allen, will focus on the changing face of healthcare in Hawaii, and the role played by the modern-day pharmacist, including:

* How the role of the community pharmacist is changing, and what it mean for patients and for healthcare

* How prescriptions are handled in this new age of electronic health records

* How or where the modern pharmacist fits with the other components of the healthcare system, e.g., physician, nurse, social worker, family caregiver

“Throughout Hawaii Island, health care providers have been changing their practices to improve the quality of health care available to us all. You have a role to play in this evolution and understanding your role can help you reap the benefits,” Tutu’s House spokeswoman Michelle Medeiros said.

HIBC was formed in connection with a Federal grant awarded to the University of Hawaii at Hilo, with a mission to improve healthcare in Hawaii County using health information technology.

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