Sunday, April 19, 2015

Annual IHE-Europe Connectathon, Luxembourg 20-24 April 2015

The 2015 IHE-Europe Connectathon, organised in cooperation with IHE-Luxembourg and will take place in Luxembourg on 20-24 April 2015.

The IHE-Europe Connectathon provides a unique opportunity for vendors to test the interoperability of their  products in a structured environment with peer vendors. Participants test against multiple vendors using real world clinical  scenarios following IHE Integration Profiles specifications.
The annual IHE Connectathon affords all companies, large and small, the opportunity to test their own products, across a variety of domains includingRadiology, Cardiology, Pathology, Patient Care Devices, Patient Care Coordination, Pharmacy, Laboratory, and IT Infrastructure, along with those of their peer vendors.
Introducing testing of the new Dental domain with integration profile Secure Exchange of Dental Information (SEDI)
The last two years have seen national, regional and hospital tender procedures demand current independent demonstrations of IHE profile implementation competence by vendors and an increasing number of buyers are turning to the IHE Product Registry and Connectathon results pages which list Connectathon results, as part of their decision making process.
IHE-Europe published a Whitepaper on Connectathon, which explains in detail what the Connectathon is and how it is done.
The 15th Connectathon organized concurrently with the Congress Med@Tel which will make announcements on "Pharmacy and m / eHealth". Here, for your reference, the titles, authors and abstracts:

    Presented in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union

    mHealth Tools Supporting Pharmacists' Key Roles: Selected Examples on From Around The Globe
    Zuzana Kusynova
    International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), The Netherlands [Abstract]

    A Pharmacy-Led Medication Adherence Monitoring Program in Italy: A Pilot Study With Interactive Monitoring Service
    Fulvio Bruno, Mauro Centola, Erika Nerini
    FBCommunication, Italy [Abstract]

    Netcare: Videoconsultation in Swiss Pharmacies: An Example Where IT Facilitated Collaborative Practice
    Dominique Jordan
    pharmaSuisse, Switzerland [Abstract]

    ePrescription and EHR: A SYNERGIC Strategy to Provide A Wide Range of Services for The Citizens
    Federica Sandri, Francesca Vanzo, Sara Valongo, Claudio Saccavini, Claudio Dario
    Arsenal.IT, Italy [Abstract]

    European Pharmaceutical Students' Association Perspective on mHealth
    Lucas Besson
    European Pharmaceutical Students' Association, Belgium [Abstract]
    Digitalcare Farma: A New Approach to The Pharmaceutical Care
    Roberto Tobia
    Federfarma, Italy [Abstract]

    An IT-Solution for Public Display of Stock Levels in Swedish Pharmacies
    Robert Svanstrom
    Swedish Pharmacy Association [Abstract]

    Smart Technologies in Disease Management- What do Patients Think;
    Reem Kayyali, Bassel Odeh, Nada Philip, Shereen Nabhnai-Gebara
    Kingston University, UK [Abstract]

    A Brief Report about The Application of telepharmacy in Pharmaceutical Care
    Marlise Araujo dos Santos
    School of Pharmacy, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil [Abstract]

    IT Solution for Pharmaceutical Interviews in French Pharmacies
    Kevin Dolgin
    Observia, France

    Integrating Hospital Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy - Facing The Challenge With IHE Interoperability Profiles
    Leonidas Tzimis
    EAHP (European Association of Hospital Pharmacists), Greece
    IHE Pharmacy Co.-Chair for Users [Abstract]

The entire program can be viewed HERE .


Sunday, April 12, 2015

A new robot joins Pharmacy team at Airedale Hospital, UK

An important member has been welcomed to the pharmacy team at Airedale Hospital to help speed up their dispensing service – an automated dispensing robot.
The new addition to the team allows pharmacy staff to spend more time on wards working directly with nurses and doctors, and helping patients to understand their medicines.
This will help reduce wastage, for example, by giving pharmacy staff more time to check medicines that patients bring in and to review patients’ medical histories. It will also reduce the chance of dispensing errors and speed up the delivery of medicines.
The current turnaround time for pharmacy dispensing a discharge prescription is two hours from receipt of prescription. It is estimated the robot will half that time and help patients get home sooner.
Nick Chilton, clinical director of pharmacy and medicine management at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The project has been in the Trust’s capital plan for some years and the pharmacy team are very excited. It has become a reality with the help from the Department Of Health’s Safer Wards – Safer Hospital Fund and the Trust’s digital care programme.
Not only will the robot improve safety and improve patient experience, it will also reduce stock holding of medicines within pharmacy. The automation is an integral part of redesigning the pharmacy department and a key development in supporting the tranformation of pharmacy services. Altogether, it’s a great return on investment.”
Deborah Walker, lead pharmacy technician for medicines distribution at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The robot has been a joy to work with. We no longer have to make trips to our storeroom. It takes away a lot of the manual parts of our job and allows us to spend more time with patients.”
Around 80 percent of medicines kept in pharmacy are now held by the robot which is linked to the department’s computer system. When an order is placed, the required machines are picked by a robotic arm and delivered to the dispensary work station by conveyor belt.
The robot installation cost £410,000 which included a redesign or the floor space and process flows. The giant piece of equipment (10m x 3m) comes with two robotic picking arms, a refrigerated section, and an additional set of cabinets for storage and management of controlled drugs.


Airdale Hospital

Cravel Herald

Saturday, April 11, 2015

EAHP’s Hamburg Conference puts patient safety at the heart of the hospital pharmacist’s agenda

Bringing an action-packed 20th Congress of the EAHP to a conclusion, EAHP President Dr Roberto Frontini reminded the 3,500 attendees of the critical mission of the hospital pharmacy profession: putting patient safety first.

The entire Congress took this theme as its guiding subject with keynotes, seminars, and Synergy events including:

  • Developing a safety culture: how to progress effectively; 
  • Safety in high reliability industries – what health professionals can learn; 
  • Barcoding the single dose of drugs to improve patient safety; 
  • Improving patient safety through multidisciplinary teamwork; 
  • Evidence and pharmacovigilance of monoclonal antibody reference and biosimilar products; 
  • Targeted drugs, scattered goals, an examination of new approaches to cancer therapy 

In addition, the Congress provided an opportunity recognise to achievements with the following prizes awarded:

  • 1st prize poster abstract: Natalia Navas Iglesias, Long-term stability of diluted solutions of the monoclonal antibody Infliximab 
  • 2nd prize poster abstract: Rianne Zaal, Evaluation of a systematic tool to reduce inappropriate prescribing (STRIP) in adults with intellectual disability: a pilot 
  • 3rd prize poster abstract: Carlota Salazar, Parenteral Nutrition (PN) in premature infants: risk analysis after redesigning a production process 
  • 1st prize Good Practice Initiative: Patricia Ging, Innovating and collaborating – synergy between the hospital pharmacy and the University 
  • EAHP-EPSA Student Science Award: Claudine Aziz, Compliance with the health information and quality authority of Ireland national standard for patient discharge summary information 

EAHP Director of Education, Science and Research Prof. Dr. Kees Neef closed the Congress by describing the programme for the 2016 Congress in Vienna with the guiding message: “Hospital Pharmacists taking the lead: partnerships and technologies".

EAHP Chief Operating Officer Jennie De Greef commented: “I want to express thanks to all those who make the continuing growth and impact of the EAHP Congress possible, including the Board of Directors, Scientific Committee and our industry partners Bayer HealthCare and Roche (Platinum partners), Amgen and Novartis Oncology (Gold partners) and Pfizer and Baxter (Corporate partners). We already have lots of new ideas and initiatives lined up for our 2016 Congress and look forward to sharing these in the coming months. Registrations and abstract submissions open on the 1st August 2015.