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Implementing e-Health Services for Enhanced Pharmaceutical care Provision: Opportunities and Challenges

Luís Velez Lapão
WHO Collaborating Center for Health Workforce Policy and Planning. Centro para a Malária e Doenças Tropicais, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Portugal

João Gregório
WHO Collaborating Center for Health Workforce Policy and Planning. Centro para a Malária e Doenças Tropicais, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Portugal

Afonso Cavaco
Research Institute for Medicines and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa
Portugal

Miguel Mira da Silva
Instituto Superior Técnico
Portugal

Christian Lovis
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
Switzerland

Abstract:
ePharmaCare aims at estimating the health gains from integration of pharmaceutical services; and to assess the potential of ehealth services in the provision of cognitive pharmaceutical services. Collection of data on pharmaceutical services and diagnosis of the use of IT in Pharmacy settings was made with the application of a survey. A set of pharmacies was selected to study the pattern of services' provision supported by observational studies to evaluate the economic and clinical value of services to patients. The results of this research will allow a better understanding of pharmaceutical services’ delivery and a new perspective for pharmaceutical services integration with the health system. Due to the shortage of physicians, the development of a new internet based pharmaceutical service could be an important contribution to an effective chronic diseases’ management. Furthermore there is the necessity of rethinking the community pharmacy business model to effectively integrate within future health systems

 

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