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[Session 3b] Medicines data integration for clinical use: New implementation patterns

With the support of UNICOM.

Data related to medicinal products are needed in a large majority of healthcare transactions. Today, e-prescribing systems are spreading steadily across Europe. While they are important, these systems are only a starting point for delivering real clinical value. Collaborative and integrated management of the patient medication record requires even more ambitious developments: these are now considered an implementation priority by an increasing number of countries. During this informative session supported by UNICOM, we learned what new implementation patterns have meant concretely and practically for some new developments.

Towards a global medicinal products data integration: a Belgian perspective

Dirk Broeckx, IFB Health Care Networks, Belgium



Dirk Broeckx, Head Pharmacist from the Belgian IFB, explained that in Belgium four services, and many platforms related to the management of medicinal products co-exist. Yet they still fail to deliver the expected value for the patient and the society. The VIDIS/FHIR project is currently in development in the context of the Belgian Integrated Health Record (BIHR). It will eventually provide an integrated management of Medicinal Products which will combine the needs of all stakeholders. He also explored ways to use what exists, in a cleverer way, together with the ‘VMP-Medication-Overview’ and current artificial intelligence (AI) that is underway on posology (patient instructions).


Integrated management of medication record: A view from a personal health record developer

Vincent Keunen, Andaman7, Belgium



Vincent Keunen, Founder and CEO of Andaman7, decided to develop an electronic personal health record (PHR) in response to several unmet crucial needs that were unveiled after he was diagnosed with cancer. Andaman7 is a very powerful tool that improves patient care and safety, and connects patients directly with clinical research. The advanced drug management module developed by Andaman7 has the objective to make this connection possible now, even in the absence of a mature public digital health infrastructure. Andaman7’s bottom-up approach does not require data storage in the cloud since all transactions take place in the secure environment of the patient smartphone. Today, the application is used in several countries.

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Robert Van Der Stichele (I~HD) moderated the session. He concluded that the work undertaken by the UNICOM project, on the Implementation of Medicinal Products (IDMP) ,should help to better connect Medicinal Products data with trusted data sources, and hence  support innovation.




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