Digital medication management in healthcare settings: a key opportunity for the European Union
29 November 2022 - Brussels and online
Medication is the main part of the therapeutic process for hospital patients and the second highest spending chapter for health budgets. With hospitals stocking up to 200 medicines medication management (often referred to the ‘medication management pathway’) is an onerous activity for hospitals. Hospitals’ medication management pathways are complex and include several activities involving ordering, reception, storing, prescription, compounding, distribution, and dispensing /administration of medicines to patients across wards in hospitals. Stock control, management and monitoring activities in this pathway require various clinical groups to ensure sufficient supplies and the safe administration of medicine to patients. Yet tasks in this pathway are defined by manual activities and digitalisation is lagging; the penetration of digitalisation of the medication management pathway in ALL European countries is low. Digitalisation of medication management means full track-and-trace medication management solutions, otherwise known as closed-loop-medication management systems, from pharmacy to ward to the patient’s bedside with a smart, automated, completely integrated digital approach.
On the occasion of the revision of the basic pharmaceutical regulation, in the context of the European Pharmaceutical Strategy, the implementation of the EU4 Health programme and the advent of the European Health Data Space, the Alliance for the Digitalisation of Medication Management in European Hospitals calls on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Member States to seize unique opportunities in existing and forthcoming policy, legislation and programmes to revolutionise hospitals medication management pathways by implementing and upscaling digitalisation in hospitals medication management pathways.
This was the launch event for the white paper launch ‘Digital Medication Management in Healthcare Settings: an opportunity for the European Union’, hosted by MEP Luisa Regimenti.
Kaisa Immonen is Director of Policy at the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). She holds a Master’s degree in Health Policy, Innovation and Management (Maastricht University) and in International Relations (University of Kent at Canterbury/University of Tampere).
Kaisa represents EPF on the European Medicines Agency’s Patients and Consumers Working Party, where she was co-chair in 2016-1022. She participated in the EMA’s COVID-19 task force in 2020-22. She represents EPF on the OECD’s Health Care Quality and Outcomes working party, the International Patient Advisory Panel for the OECD PaRIS initiative, and the CIOMS working group XI on patient involvement. In her personal capacity she is a member of the Patient Panel of The BMJ.
Mike Isles is Executive Director of the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines. He also represents the Secretariat for the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy, and he is European Medicines Partnership Director for International Health Partners, a UK charity. Mike Isle is also an Associate of the Ceuta Capability Group, a consultancy that provides outsourced management expertise in healthcare. Mike’s professional background is in pharmaceuticals, where he held senior management and director positions covering sales, marketing, commercial and supply chain in a 32 year career.
Dr Darija Kuruc Poje
Fulvia Raffaelli is Head of Unit, Digital Health Unit, at the European Commission. She joined the Commission in 2002 and since then took up responsibilities in several highly complex regulatory and technical projects. After a few years dedicated to the economics of environmental policy, she worked on chemical legislation (REACH and CLP), first as policy advisor then as responsible for the implementation of the Authorisation and Restriction processes. Deputy Head of Unit since 2009, she moved to the Strategic Policy Unit in 2012 to be in charge of inter-institutional relations and the implementation of COSME (SMEs supporting programme). From 2015, she has lead the unit in charge of Circular Economy, Energy efficiency and Climate related policies in DG GROW. The implementation of the Ecodesign Directive, the implementation and revision of the Construction Products Regulation and the digital and green transition of the construction ecosystem were also part of her portfolio. Since September 2022, she joined DG SANTE to lead the Digital Health unit.
Yves Verboven has been Director Market Access & Economic Policies at MedTechEurope since May 2012. His work focuses on value-based access model within the EU frameworks, including participating in dialogue with procurers, payers, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Member States representatives on value-based procurement, value of diagnostic information, modern HTA cooperation in Europe, and new evidence and financing schemes to shift to access of medical technologies of value for patients, healthcare, society and the economy. Before joining MedTechEurope, Verboven took on the responsibility of Assistant Director Health Economics, EMEA at Alcon in September 2008. He developed comprehensive patient report outcomes instrument to support patient diagnosis and assessed the outcome value of dry eye treatment to patients. He had previously joined Medtronic in 1999 to head the European Heart Failure Clinical Outcomes & Research department. Verboven started his career in the field of clinical engineering at Intermedics, a US based pacemaker and implantable defibrillator company. He holds 5 patents in field of cardiac stimulation in health failure. He graduated in 1987 as Electro-Mechanical Engineer with specialty electronics at the Catholic University of Leuven, and holds a post-graduate in Business Administration.
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