The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and Pharmapod have today signed a partnership, to offer an infrastructure for effective incident management and continuous quality improvement for pharmacists internationally.
Medication errors are a significant global problem, impacting millions of lives daily. In response to the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Challenge to reduce these errors by 50% over the next 5 years, pharmacists as medication experts are taking a lead role in developing and adopting effective solutions to improve processes across the healthcare system and prevent patient harm.
Pharmapod are driving worldwide change in patient safety with its Global Learning Health System. This is an award-winning, professionally-led solution which has rolled out across pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities internationally ̶ for example, it is the mandated system for the largest medication safety program of its kind in Canada, involving over 4,500 pharmacies.
The system helps drive improvements in quality and efficiencies in process, which are demonstrable and measurable for healthcare professionals. In addition to incorporating artificial intelligence tools such as machine learning into its technology, Pharmapod are now also connecting experts in medication safety internationally through establishing national response teams in each country to analyse the medication error data and develop improvement strategies.
FIP is recognised as the leader of pharmacy at a global level. Through its 144 membership organisations, its academic institutional members and individual members, it represents over four million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world. FIP continues to expand its presence within pharmacy, the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy education, and to influence the pharmacy profession through partnerships with some of the world’s leading health, policymaking, education and science institutions.