25th Anniversary EAHP Congress - Hospital Pharmacy 5.0 - the future of patient care (2021)
Dear colleagues and friends,
The 25th Anniversary Congress of the EAHP is just behind the door! The EAHP team and I have been planning an extraordinary event; I must admit that we just never thought how special it would really be with the event now going virtual. Nevertheless, the 25th anniversary is an excellent opportunity to try something completely new and yes, that's right, the EAHP Congress is going virtual! While we have been looking forward to meeting all of you in person, my dear colleagues and friends, we also believe that this new format brings new opportunities and possibilities. The virtual Congress and the adjusted schedule will allow all of us to attend more sessions and a larger portion of the programme than would have been possible in person; especially during this challenging time which is so demanding and intensive for all healthcare professionals. The new format will also allow more colleagues to attend while still fulfilling our duties in patient care and without sacrificing opportunities to discuss and network.
As every spring revives the nature, I believe that EAHP's Congress will bring us, my dear colleagues, a lot of modern scientific and practical knowledge that will help us further develop our services for patients in Europe and internationally. We hope that during the Congress, the world will be much closer to implementing solutions that will counter the horrible COVID-19 pandemic that has cost so many innocent lives and has been influencing our work so much. I sincerely hope that we will be able to share our quickly and sometimes painfully acquired knowledge and research and build on this sad and strong experience to shape our practice to be even stronger and more patient-oriented.
And indeed, at the time of writing this message, it seems the future will not be the same as we thought just a few months ago. When we planned the programme for the Congress, we could not know that many themes would become even more important than ever before. Now we see the possibilities of 3D printing for manufacturing medical devices and protective equipment, we see modern ways of compounding, possibly, saving us from the impact of medicines shortages and so on. 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, moving forward advances in clinical pharmacy, increasing the role of hospital pharmacists in the multidisciplinary teams in hospitals and on the interface with community or outpatient settings, to name a few of them. We know that you expect high-quality scientific content from the EAHP Congress, and EAHP works hard on delivering the programme that will meet your expectations and needs. Furthermore, the EAHP Congress is also an ideal time and place to exchange our experience and find new professional connections and friends. Don't miss this opportunity.
I am very much looking forward to meeting you at the virtual EAHP Congress!