In 1981, as Director of Pharmacy at a large university hospital, Herman Lazarus was faced with a challenge that many Directors of Pharmacy face today: how to objectively assess his pharmacy's performance and expense structure. In the face of budget reduction pressures, Herman set out to create a mechanism for measuring the efficiency of his operations. He conducted a simple survey among his peers at practices similar to his own. That first survey has grown to encompass over one hundred healthcare providers across the nation. Although the initial survey met his immediate challenge, The Lazarus Report℠ now comprises sixteen relevant measures for assessing pharmacy performance and efficiency.
Herman Lazarus, publisher of The Lazarus Report since 1981, has had a long and distinguished career as a hospital pharmacist, teacher, author and international speaker. He served twenty-four years as Director of Pharmacy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and twenty years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Samford University. He also served as President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He has authored dozens of articles, which have been published in journals such as the American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. For the last twenty years, Herman has traveled nationally and internationally, working with colleagues on important issues facing pharmacists today.