Dear Friends of European Hospital Pharmacy,
It is a big pleasure to invite you to the 2020 EAHP Congress, hosted by the beautiful city of Gothenburg. Gothenburg, or Göteborg in Swedish, is Sweden's second most populated city and capital of Götaland. It might be colder by climate, but it has a warm and charming atmosphere, friendly and open citizens. A city with an intense history, famous for Scandinavia's largest harbour, blue trams and as a home of the best known Swedish automotive industry brand.
For hospital pharmacists, another chapter of the profession's history will be written in 2020, when Gothenburg hosts the 25th Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP). "Hospital Pharmacy 5.0 – the future of patient care", as the Congress' main headline sounds, hints at an exciting glimpse to the future of our profession. Indeed, the Congress participants will have an excellent opportunity to learn about and share their experience with the latest advances in technologies that will shape the way how pharmaceutical care in hospitals will be delivered in the upcoming decades. Artificial intelligence, mHealth, 3D printing, personalised medicine, all of these will influence our work towards the optimal outcomes for our patients and have the potential to change our workflows profoundly. The Congress will also cover the ongoing challenges in our work, like tackling antimicrobial resistance, delivering seamless care, raising the quality of hospital pharmacy compounding, advances in clinical pharmacy or the role of hospital pharmacists in the multidisciplinary teams in hospital and on the interface with community or outpatient settings, just to name a few. We know that you expect high-quality scientific content from the EAHP Congress, and the EAHP works hard on delivering the programme that will meet your expectations and needs.
Nevertheless, the EAHP Congress is not just a scientific event – it is also an opportunity to meet colleagues from different countries in Europe and around the globe. While we may encounter many differences in the healthcare systems, human and economic resources available in our hospital pharmacies, the patients' needs are universal, and we can inspire each other. So do not miss an opportunity to meet old and new friends in Gothenburg, to bring home new knowledge as well as skills and to use them for your patients. See you in Gothenburg!
PharmDr. Petr Horák, EAHP President
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