It is now up to all the actors involved in providing and sustaining good health for all European citizens to ensure that it continues to develop further and the full potential of eHealth is realise. eHealth presents an historic opportunity to make quantum leaps in the ability to provide care for patients more safely and efficiently.
In particular, there is significant evidence to suggest that use by pharmacists of electronic health records has a significant potential: to improve patient safety, to support the development of new patient-focused services, to improve interdisciplinary collaboration within the health care team, and to improve the quality, and ensure continuity, of care.
The patient must be at the center of healthcare. Community pharmacists are ready and committed to play their part, going beyond their traditional role of dispensing, and positioning themselves in the front line of patient care with patient-focused services. As such, community pharmacists are active stakeholders in present and future eHealth systems.
eHeal Governance Initiative
In response to the call for a networked, patient-centred and accessible health care via eHealth, European Commission together with Member States have set up the eHealth Governance Initiative. The eHGI is a multi-institutional, multi-stakeholder collaboration working to establish a governance structure for eHealth within Europe in order to ensure continuity of healthcare both at home and across borders. It is achieving this through the development of strategies, priorities, recommendations and guidelines designed to deliver eHealth in Europe in a co-ordinated way. This work involves all stakeholders but especially patients and healthcare professionals, including pharmacists. PGEU is an associatie partner in this initiative with primary focus on user trust, involvment and acceptability of eHealth.
PGEU was one of the main partners of the EU funded project Chain of Trust.