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Rick Knudson

As the Associate Director in the Pharmacy department at Navigant Consulting, Rick's role entails serving as a paid subject matter expert (SME) for healthcare clients across the United States, including hospitals and health systems.  In this role Rick and his team work to identify performance improvement opportunities for clients that will provide better clinical outcomes for the patients they serve and improve fiscal performance.  

The major areas of expertise Rick provides include: pharmacy operations assessments, clinical utilization evaluations, business proforma development (e.g. 340B optimization, specialty pharmacy development, etc.), overall cost of care analytics and optimization, labor analytics and enterprise pharmacy modeling and development. 

Rick received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. His practical training was completed through a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Rick has served as president and treasurer of North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc., a local pharmacy association in north central Iowa. In addition, Rick is an active member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association where he has served in the House of Delegates, as a member of various IPA Committees, a past participant in the Leadership Pharmacy Conference, a current member of the IPA Health-System Liaison Board, and most recently as a Trustee-at-Large on the IPA Board of Directors. Rick is also an active member of both ASHP and ACCP. Rick continues to actively support the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and he is a participant in many community and church events.

Question for the Advisory Board: Why do you think innovation is critical for the pharmacy profession? 

"Innovation in the pharmacy profession is critical because the complexities of the practice and the work we do is ever expanding.  Without being innovative and identifying new ways to do things or new products, services and technologies to assist us in the practice of pharmacy the profession would not have been able to advance as it has.  There is a saying, “Innovate or die”… I know which side of that equation I want to be on!"