Both electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) are becoming prominent components of healthcare. In order for healthcare electronic services to be safe and effective and add genuine value to the system, the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) believes that these should be developed in close collaboration with healthcare professionals including hospital pharmacists, and patients. Consequently, the EAHP calls in its position paper upon national governments and health systems across Europe to work towards (1) systematic and European Union-wide achievement of electronic prescribing, administration and use of electronic medical records; (2) ensuring barcoding of medicines to the single units in primary packages to enable more widespread take-up of bedside scanning in European hospitals, thus improving patient safety; (3) appropriate regulatory oversight mechanisms for mHealth applications to ensure that they have a positive impact and adequately protect patient data; (4) provision of appropriate eHealth/mHealth training opportunities to healthcare professionals and promotion of digital health literacy; and (5) involvement of hospital pharmacists in the design, specification of parameters and evaluation of information and communication technology within the medicines processes.
- electronic prescribing
- digital health literacy
- information and communications technology
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