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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Thomas Jacobsen, PharmD, MS, RPh, FASCP (ViroPharma Incorporated)
Description: This book covers computing and how that technology can be applied to the practice of pharmacy.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a basic understanding of computers and how they can be incorporated into daily pharmacy practice.
Audience: The book is written for pharmacists, but it may be more beneficial to those who are setting up their own independent pharmacy or those charged with setting up/maintaining pharmacy computer systems. The author is a pharmacist with 21 years of experience in information technology.
Features: The first four of the book's 12 chapters cover the basics of computing and could be described as common knowledge. The remaining chapters are more in-depth and cover a broad spectrum of topics. Of particular use is the chapter on disaster and recovery including back-up systems. Information on how to create a website is useful as well.
Assessment: Most basic computer books can be applied to pharmacy practice, but his book goes the extra step and relates that information for the pharmacist. This book would be beneficial for those who are charged with the responsibility of maintaining pharmacy computer systems.