Pharmacy Informatics Division

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Pharmacy Informatics Division is to evaluate, integrate, standardize and build medication requests affecting our clinical information systems and technologies.

Mission Statement

The mission of the division is to ensure that any medications built within the clinical systems are accurate, standardized and compliant with quality standards, regulatory and accreditation bodies.

Who We Are

The team is headed by the Chief Medical Informatics Officer, co-led by the Vice President of Clinical and Ancillary Applications (Enterprise Clinical Information Systems) and the Corporate Director of Pharmacy Systems Integration (Corporate Pharmacy) and supported by the Director of Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Analysts. All supportive team members have a background as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician.

How We Accomplish Our Mission

Our team accomplishes our objectives by leveraging and optimizing functionality of the enterprise clinical information systems including but not limited to creating and modifying medication orderables, order sentences, order sets, alerts, formulary maintenance and systems validation. We work in partnership with departments across the acute care service lines and integrated service lines to ensure standardization, optimization and quality assurance.

Duties/Responsibilities

The Pharmacy Informatics Division operates under a hybrid structure within the Corporate Pharmacy and Enterprise Clinical Information Systems (ECIS) departments. The division’s duties and responsibilities are established by affiliate needs as well as system-wide strategies.
  • Recommends enhancements to improve clinical patient safety and operational efficiencies
  • Maintains and updates formulary in clinical and pharmacy information systems
  • Continuously upkeeps formulary build in the automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs)
  • Creates medication-related data analytics tools to identify areas of opportunity
  • Ensures data exchanges and downstream feeds are functioning appropriately
  • Communicates and educates affiliate pharmacy departments on new initiatives or changes to ECIS systems

Pharmacy Informatics Division Leadership

  • Stephen O’Mahony
    Stephen O’Mahony, MD, FACP
    Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer at RWJBarnabas Health
    Barbara Boelter
    Barbara Boelter, RN, MHA
    Vice President of Clinical and Ancillary Applications at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Ellen Secaras
    Ellen Secaras, RPh
    Corporate Director of Pharmacy Systems Integration at RWJBarnabas Health
    Richard Hilway
    Richard Hilway, RPh
    Director, Pharmacy Informatics Enterprise Clinical Information Systems at RWJBarnabas Health

Pharmacy Informatics Division Team

  • Alfredo Balleras
    Alfredo Balleras, RPh
    CIS Pharmacy Analyst at RWJBarnabas Health
    Larry Burnstein
    Larry Burnstein, B.A.
    CIS Pharmacy Analyst at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Melissa Crossen
    Melissa Crossen, PharmD, BCPS
    CIS Pharmacy Systems Administrator at RWJBarnabas Health
    Steven DePaolo
    Steven DePaolo, RPh
    Clinical Pharmacy Analyst at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Samuel Gerena
    Samuel Gerena, PharmD, MPH
    IT & S Clinical Pharmacist at RWJBarnabas Health
    Steven Kravetz
    Steven Kravetz, PharmD
    Pharmacist, Enterprise Clinical Information Systems at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Fred Penn
    Fred Penn, RPh
    Clinical Information Systems Pharmacist at RWJBarnabas Health
    Gary Riley
    Gary Riley, RPh
    Clinical Analyst Pharmacist at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Victoria Zihmer
    Victoria Zihmer, PharmD
    Clinical Information Systems Pharmacy Analyst at RWJBarnabas Health