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Digital medication management in healthcare settings
  1. Stephanie Kohl
  1. Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Stephanie Kohl, Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}

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On the 29 November, health managers, patients, healthcare professionals and the medical technology industry have forces under the Alliance for the Digitalisation of Medication Management in European Hospitals to issue recommendations to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States on fostering the digitalisation of medication management. EAHP Vice President Darija Kuruc Poje participated in a lively discussion in the European Parliament.

The White Paper provides insights into the complexity of hospitals’ medication management pathways and shares evidence of the low penetration of digitalisation in this field. There are several benefits of upscaling the digitalisation of hospitals’ medication management pathways, namely improving the resilience of hospital systems and increasing their capabilities, providing access to more reliable information about the availability of medicines, ensuring access to real-world data in interoperable systems and supporting antimicrobial stewardship.

The Alliance calls for action from European policy makers to

  1. Support the implementation of electronic medication management systems in EU hospitals as a critical success factor and key digital enabler for the effective, and efficient, functioning of the future European Shortages Monitoring Platform.

  2. Include in the future Digital Europe work programmes specific objectives supporting hospitals to update their IT infrastructure for the digitalisation of the medication management pathway.

  3. Include in the 2023 EU4Health work programme a specific funding mechanism, incorporating support for change management and building cultures of …

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