Health Information Technology in Practice and the Journey Towards Interoperability

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A review of health information technology, utilization, and impact in pharmacy settings.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

1. Identify legislation that supported the development of health information technology

2. Differentiate between the different forms of health information exchange and appropriate use of each form

3. Describe the purpose of SNOMED CT and understand the importance of coded terms for interoperability

4. Compare the utilization of HIT in the various pharmacy settings and identify challenges that pharmacists face

5. Explain the impact of HIT on quality measures that impact patient care and provider reimbursement

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-18-148-H04-P.

To obtain credit for "Health Information Technology in Practice and the Journey Towards Interoperability," complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: May 1, 2018
Expiration date: May 1, 2021 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


"Health Information Technology in Practice and the Journey Towards Interoperability” is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Advisory Board

Amina Abubaker, PharmD, AAHIVP, CEO, Rx Clinical Pharmacy, Charlotte, NC.

Jessica Sinclair, PharmD, UNC PGY1 Community-based pharmacy resident, Rx Clinical Pharmacy, Charlotte, NC.

Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP, Director of Center for Pharmacy Care and Duquesne University Pharmacy Director of Residency Programs, Pittsburgh, PA. 


Amina Abubaker, PharmD, AAHIVP; Jessica Sinclair, PharmD; Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP; and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website and view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-18-148-H04-P 0.2 CEUs May 01, 2018 - May 01, 2021