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Archive for May, 2014

Commission seek views on future of mHealth

20 May, 14 | by ltempler

The European Commission is appealing to stakeholders to respond to a public consultation on their Green Paper on mobile health. They especially seek comment on the barriers that are preventing the full potential of mobile health from being unlocked. The deadline for responses is 3 July 2014.

Topics of consultation include:

  • What specific security safeguards in mHealth solutions could help prevent unnecessary and unauthorized processing of health data?
  • What measures are needed to fully realize the potential of mHealth generated ‘Big Data’ in the EU while complying with legal and ethical requirements?
  • What good practice exists to better inform end-users about the quality and safety of mHealth solutions e.g. certifications schemes?
  • The potential contribution of mHealth in constraining and curbing healthcare costs in the EU

EAHP member associations will discuss potential policy in the area of mHealth at its General Assembly in Sofia in June, and make a response reflecting the agreed points from members at that meeting.

This information was originally published on the EAHP website. More detail can be found here 

Consultation opens on European Professional Card for pharmacists

20 May, 14 | by ltempler

The European Commission has opened a short consultation (deadline 2nd June) on technical matters related to the prospective introduction of a European Professional Card for pharmacists.

The system, which emerges immediately from the recently revised Professional Qualifications Directive (January 2014), has the aim of speeding up the time it takes for an individual seeking to work in another EU country to have their qualifications recognized in another country.

The European Professional Card will not come in the form of a physical card, but rather will be an online portal system. An individual will upload relevant identity and qualification documents for recognition by their home ‘competent authority’ (e.g. a professional qualification regulator, such as a chamber of pharmacy). This will then enable them to have an immediately accessible repository of their qualification documentation, verified at their home level, for a competent authority in another country to recognize. It will prevent lengthy exchanges of documentation that can take place at the present time, blamed for some very slow recognition times.

Pharmacy, alongside the medical profession, nursing profession, engineering profession and others, is one of the professional groups the European Commission are minded to give early support to in creating the system.

Although the current consultation is aimed at professional organisations and authorities within EU countries, all interested parties are invited to take part.

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists intend to make a short response to the consultation offering measured support for the introduction of the European Professional Card for the pharmacy profession, highlighting the need for mechanisms for individuals to be able to include advanced and specialized qualifications, and for the system to be cogniscant of the possibility that individuals could hold qualifications gained from more than one country, throwing up potential definition issues regarding the “home authority” in charge of verifying.

EAHP Members are welcome to review the consultation and consider their own responses.

This information was originally published on the EAHP website. More detail can be found here

Patients and professionals agree the future vision for hospital pharmacy in Europe

16 May, 14 | by ltempler

A robust set of hospital pharmacy practice standards for Europe has been agreed at an international Summit in Brussels. These standards should be met across European health systems to ensure safe, effective and optimal use of medicines in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. The standards, comprising 44 statements of practice, were agreed at the European Hospital Pharmacy Summit which concluded on Thursday 15th May, and was attended by more than 100 persons.

The statements were subject to open Delphi consultation with national hospital pharmacy associations, European patient groups, doctors and nursing organisations. The organisations then gave their final joint approval to each statement individually by a weighted voting method at the Summit event. The European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy include:

  • All hospitals should have access to a hospital pharmacist who has overall responsibility for the safe, effective and optimal use of medicines.
  • Hospital pharmacists should be involved in all patient care settings to prospectively influence collaborative, multidisciplinary therapeutic decision-making.
  • All prescriptions should be reviewed and validated as soon as possible by a hospital pharmacist.
  • Hospital pharmacists should play a full part in decision making including advising, implementing and monitoring medication changes in full partnership with patients, carers and other health care professionals
  • Hospital pharmacists should have access to the patients’ health record. Their clinical interventions should be documented in the patients’ health record and analysed to inform quality improvement interventions.
  • Clinical pharmacy services should continuously evolve to optimise patients’ outcomes.

The 44 European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy are available here.

Dr Roberto Frontini, President of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) said:

“Through the new European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy, patients, hospital pharmacists and our sister healthcare professionals have set out a clear vision for what hospital pharmacy should be achieving in every European country. The task now turns immediately to implementation. EAHP will roll out a series of tools and initiatives to support the achievement of the statements, but a major onus now falls on health systems to prepare the way for improvement as well. The positive support from patient organisations and other healthcare professionals assures us that the statements are a shared aspiration and provide a route towards continuously improving patient care within hospitals in every European country.”

 

 

This information was taken from the EAHP website, more details can be found here.

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