The technological revolution –
Impact on pharmacy and health care
Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neurotechnological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. News of dramatic change is all around us. We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another.
Previous industrial revolutions liberated humans from reliance on animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions. This latest industrial revolution is fundamentally different. It is characterised by a range of technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting on all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human.This technological revolution will also completely transform health care and pharmacy.
Digitalisation is already allowing the keeping of structured patient records, facilitating electronic prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines, automating the handling of medicines in the supply chain, and providing tools for monitoring the efficacy and safety of medicines in use. But technological progress also presents opportunities to invest in health care that proactively ensures better health and disease prevention, while ultimately minimising costs. Developments in technologies and smart systems capable of understanding health issues and complicated diseases also bring the prospect of new pharmacy tools and services. Innovation will provide ways of improving delicate decision-making processes and optimising treatment outcomes. Further advances will enable pharmacists to interact with patients through the creation of a common platform for accessing data and information in new, more efficient way.
Come to the 2020 FIP congress in Seville, Spain, where pharmacy practitioners, pharmaceutical scientists and educators from around the world will discuss and prepare for these new technologies that will empower our profession.