The Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS)

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University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy
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University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, Rm N407
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-6067
Email: cips@rx.umaryland.edu
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Meet the CIPS Staff and Faculty Fellows

Increasingly powerful and complex drug combinations are used to treat patients with chronic diseases and multiple health conditions. Even though prescription medications represent an expanding portion of health care costs, the complexity and potency of drug therapy does not always translate into improved patient outcomes. Side-effects, drug interactions, and confusion about how to take medications can impact a patient's adherence to a medication regimen. Positive health outcomes hinge on the effective use of medications in patient care.

Mission and Vision

The Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS) is a national resource center and leader in the development of innovative patient care and business solutions to health problems. CIPS capitalizes on the expertise of the pharmacist to:

The knowledge generated by CIPS' programs will be brought to national attention and incorporated into the changing health care environment to improve medication adherence, patient safety, and chronic disease management.

Capabilities

CIPS captures the intellectual contributions and skills of pharmacists as they create pharmacist-directed patient care models that improve clinical outcomes, ensure medication adherence, and reduce health care costs. The Center develops business models to parallel CIPS' clinical services for a variety of health care settings, including ambulatory care, community pharmacy, hospitals, institutions, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. These models promote seamless integration of clinical expertise, scientific evidence, and sustainable business practices.

The Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions:

CIPS' programs and activities result in products and services that address medication-related gaps in health care and promote improved medication effectiveness at the patient, provider, and health-system levels.

For a full description, download our informational fact sheet or visit http://www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/centers/cips/.