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.