Digital health in pharmacy education: Preparedness and responsiveness of pharmacy programmes

Aukje K. Mantel-Teeuwisse, Sherly Meilianti, Bidhata Khatri, Whitley Yi, Lilian M. Azzopardi, Jaime Acosta Gómez, Gizem Gülpınar, Karima Bennara, Nilhan Uzman*

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Abstract

To ensure the sustainability of pharmacy practice and provide health for all, pharmacy as a profession must embrace the digital transformation that has been changing healthcare at a rapid pace. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has conducted a global study on digital health in pharmacy education to describe the readiness, adaptability, and responsiveness of pharmacy education programmes to train the current and future pharmaceutical workforce on digital health and to identify the knowledge and skill gaps of the existing pharmaceutical workforce with regard to digital health. An online survey was distributed to collect feedback from academics, pharmacy schools, pharmacists, and pharmacy students. The findings showed that a large proportion of pharmacy schools do not offer any digital health education, and the skillsets and knowledge of how to apply digital health technologies to solve existing clinical problems and improve care have been identified as a gap. The future of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences is digital and exciting. A digitally enabled and agile pharmaceutical workforce will capitalise on the benefits of digital health to serve the higher purpose of providing good health and wellbeing for all, leaving no one behind. Therefore, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education should act now.

Original languageEnglish
Article number296
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalEducation Sciences
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Digital health
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy education

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