Linked to EAHP Statements Section 1 - Introductory Statements and Governance: Statement 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7
Opportunities in healthcare are changing rapidly with developments of new technologies, use of AI, telemedicine, 3D printing and access to innovative drugs and treatments. This calls for hospital re-design using, for instance, robotics and digital technologies in the routine treatment of patients. At the same time, there has been an increased focus on personalised medical treatment using genomics analysis, nano-technology (devices inside the body), treatment of patients in their own homes etc. These opportunities will most likely lead to better treatment of patients.
Concurrently, the users of healthcare are changing. Patient empowerment is a new focus, and patients express higher demands to the healthcare system and healthcare providers, including hospital pharmacists. This may result in increased competition within healthcare and create new demands on healthcare professionals in the way we view, communicate and treat patients. However, healthcare professionals also experience new opportunities during their training using e.g. virtual reality and simulations to empower them to better meet patient needs.
The downside of all the new possible treatment opportunities is cost. New technologies and drugs are often very expensive. The proportion of elderly people is growing throughout Europe, which will lead to increased pressure on healthcare systems since elderly people have more diagnoses and treatment needs. This calls for prioritisation in healthcare and the risk of polarisation in access to healthcare services.
Learning objectives After the session, participants should be able to: • recall important areas of innovation within hospital care; • list elements of interest to hospital pharmacists to be addressed in preparation to solve future tasks; • recognise new tasks and educational needs of hospital pharmacists to be able to provide the best possible care of hospitalised patients in the future.
Educational need addressed It is essential for hospital pharmacists to look into the future possibilities and needs within hospital care. In order to be prepared and able to deliver the best possible treatment of hospitalised patients.
Keywords: new technology, innovative drugs, hospital design, AI, pharmaceutical care.