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Digital transformation of health care may allow for more inclusive, equitable and ethical use of healthcare resources, can improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, and is often more environmentally friendly, FIP said in a new Statement of Policy released today, which was adopted by the FIP Council last week. However, the full potential of digital and technology-enabled solutions cannot be achieved without the implementation of interoperability, which must be a prerequisite for any digital technology development, and this includes the use of internationally recognised interoperability standards, terminology and taxonomy, the federation has stated.
“We expect the impact of digital advances, such as predictive and personalised medicine, facial recognition, natural language processing and augmented reality, to gain even greater significance. We must be prepared to tackle the challenges to usher pharmacy into its digitally supported future,” said Jacqueline Surugue, chair, FIP Technology Forum. Furthermore, in order to leverage the potential of digital health into a sustainable pharmacy ecosystem, the world needs a confident, capable, agile and digitally enabled pharmaceutical workforce, the federation said. Its new policy statement makes a number of specific recommendations to academic institutions, government and policymakers, FIP member organisations and pharmacists in order to support digital transformation.