Throwback – A Journey to Director of Clinical Informatics feat. Dr. John Poikonen

Intended Audience: Everyone

On today’s throwback episode, we spoke with Dr. John Poikonen on his varied history and experience in the pharmacy IT and informatics space. At the time of recording, he worked as the Director of Clinical Informatics at Avhana Health and still actively teaches pharmacy informatics in various courses at MCPHS. He talks about his passion of informatics and what inspired him to move into the space.

To reach out to John, you can find him at:

Some additional reading and information that John discussed in the podcast episode:
1995 Articles that started it all for me | Evernote links
System Analysis of Adverse Drug Events
JAMA 1995;2[74:35]-43

Incidence of Adverse Drug Evens and Potential Adverse Drug Events
Implications for Prevention
JAMA 1995;2[74:29]-34

Informatics Class Notes

Some Historical Blog posts:
Musing on NUPOR – Near Universal Pharmacist Order Review

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