The Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA‐HAN) is one of the major ways the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) rapidly distributes information on emerging public health issues (e.g. disease outbreaks) to health care providers, hospitals, emergency management officials, and other public health agencies. In a typical year, PADOH distributes 20‐25 HAN messages to providers via email, fax, or cell phone, depending on user preference. PADOH feels it is important that all health care providers have access to HAN messages directly or through their health care facility in order to receive critical public health messages. This assures that public health is protected and allows Pennsylvania’s health care providers to give the best care to your patients and community.
In mid‐2011, PADOH switched to a new software vendor to support and improve the PA‐HAN. The updated system was completed in July and the new version of the PA‐HAN can be found at the following link https://han.pa.gov/. During the conversion process, some users were removed from the system and cannot be reinstated to the user list without re‐registering. PADOH therefore requests that any previous user who is not currently receiving HAN messages register as a Health Alert recipient in the new system. In addition, any provider who would like to receive HAN messages for the first time should also register in the new system.
To access the new PA‐HAN Registration Site, click on the following link: https://han.pa.gov/ . Under the second paragraph there is a gray ‘Register Now’ button. This option will walk the user through the registration process. If you have any questions about the HAN system or the registration requirements, please ask for Stacey Kalinoski in the PADOH at 717‐265‐8890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The purpose of a Pharmacist Peer Assistance Program is to assist impaired pharmacists and to provide a program to educate, inform and assist the pharmacy profession concerning the issue of impaired practice. Impairment encompasses all physical, mental/emotional and psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse that adversely affects a pharmacist’s ability to practice.
As defined by many state practice acts, “Pharmacy practice is impaired when the individual is unable to meet the requirements of the professional code of ethics and standards of practice because cognitive, interpersonal, or psychomotor skills are affected by conditions of the individual in interactions in the workplace.” The Pennsylvania Pharmacy Act states, “the Board shall have the power to refuse, revoke or suspend the license of any pharmacist upon proof satisfactory to it that the pharmacist…is unfit to practice pharmacy because of intemperance in the use of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances or any other substance which impairs the intellect and judgment to such an extent as to impair the performance of professional duties…[or] is unfit or unable to practice pharmacy by reason of a physical or mental disease or disability….”
S.A.R.P.H. is the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Peer Assistance Program designated to assist pharmacists who may be suffering from drug and/or alcohol abuse, mental illness or physical illness that negatively impacts their ability to practice the profession of pharmacy safely and competently. Our mission is to reach a pharmacist experiencing problems before his/her practice is affected. We are a drug free advocacy program.