Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 – Reports and videos

The Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 was co-organised with the Irish Presidency of the EU Council and took place on 19th & 20th June in Dublin Castle.

It was an opportunity to go through the themes of the Digital Agenda for Europe review, assess the progress and challenges in implementation and seek ways to improve delivery. We aimed at having an innovative, creative and interactive Assembly to showcase examples from across the EU and collect visions and experiences of policy makers, industry, research organisations, NGOs, SMEs, regulators, Member States representatives.

The main programme concept was the digital lifecycle with an emphasis on digital skills, entrepreneurship and growth. The workshops focused on ICT skills and jobs, public services for the citizens, research & innovation and technology enablers, trust & security, entrepreneurship and the digital single market.

The event hosted seven thematic workshops (on 19th June) and a plenary session (on 20th June).
The entire event was filmed, web-streamed, recorded and will be posted on the internet. Photographs were also taken and will be published soon.
There are still lots of ways to follow-up the Digital Agenda Assembly 2013:


Digital Agenta for Europe

Monday, August 26, 2013

Introduction to the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon

The IHE NA Connectathon is a cross-vendor, live, supervised, and structured testing event with over 150 participating vendors and 600+ engineers and IT architects. 

All these organizations and IT experts converge on-site in Chicago, IL, for one full week of interoperability testing and problem resolution.

Participants test their products against multiple vendors using real-world clinical scenarios contained in IHE's Integration Profiles.

The NA Connectathon 2014 is January 13-18, 2013.

Visit www.iheusa.org to learn more.



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Register today to attend HPE Live - fully accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty

Join us at Hospital Pharmacy Europe Live in Birmingham, UK on Tuesday 29 October.


HPE live will bring together healthcare professionals like you from all over Europe to learn about the latest developments in clinical practice as well as giving you the opportunity to network with hundreds of your peers.

HPE Live will take place on Tuesday 29 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, England.

The event is fully accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

What does RPS Faculty accreditation say about HPE Live?
  • The knowledge that the event will contribute to raising standards in pharmacy, medicines management and patient care 
  • The assurance that the content will support healthcare professionals in advancing their knowledge, skills and experience 
  • The guarantee that the opportunity represents a benchmark of high professionalism 
  • The demonstration of high-quality accredited resources 
  • The confidence that the programme supports professional development needs 
To register for HPE Live, please click here.

HPE Live's expert panel of speakers will include:

Miss Alison Ewing, Clinical Director, Pharmacy & Therapies, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
Professor Irene Kraemer, Director of Pharmacy, Medical Centre of Johannes Gutenberg, University of Mainz, Germany
Dr Linda Murdoch, Lead Clinician in Paediatric Intensive Care, PICU St George’s Hospital, London, UK
Professor Arthur Lipman, Department of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, University of Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, USA

To see all the speakers, please visit here.

To register for free, please simply click here to fill in the online registration form.

For further enquiries, please call 44 (0) 207 214 0504.



Friday, August 16, 2013

EAHP and UZ Leuven to host high level meeting on reducing medication error in hospitals

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has announced a high-level meeting to take place at the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) focused on how to reduce medication errors in the hospital sector. Specifically, it will focus on how bedside scanning of medicines at the point of administration can become a widespread reality to increase patient safety.
The technology of scanning a medicine at the patient’s bedside, prior to administration, has been demonstrated to reduce rates of medication error by as much as 40%. Yet, although common place in countries such as the USA, the practice in Europe remains the exception rather than the rule. The event will consider why this is the case, and what can be done to overcome identified implementation obstacles.

The one-day event, to be held on Monday 14 October, will include:

• presentation of how bedside scanning at UZ Leuven reduces the possibility of medication error occurring at the point of administration;
• guided visits to hospital wards to see the technology in operation;
• presentations on the industrial, regulatory and international contexts to the issue; and,
• workshops to gain the perspectives and considered opinions of a variety of impacted stakeholders.

Speaking about the event, Thomas De Rijdt, Assistant Director at UZ Leuven’s Department of Pharmacy, said:

“Since introducing bedside scanning of medication in our hospital we have observed an increase in patient safety by further preventing medication errors. In addition we can ensure traceability of drugs. However our success here in Leuven is not something we wish to keep a secret from the rest of Europe. When we know something works, we want to share it and see the benefits enjoyed elsewhere. That is why we are working with the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists to hold this meeting aimed at identifying and enacting solutions to the known obstacles to bedside scanning’s wider introduction.”

Commenting on the event, EAHP President Dr Roberto Frontini said:

“Nowadays, we are used to seeing all manner of consumer products individually bar coded: from bananas to biscuits, from chocolates to CDs. Yet, we have still not achieved medicines bar coded to the individual pill or vial. This holds back the introduction of bedside scanning, and through this event I hope we can shine a light on what the obstacles are, and how they can be overcome.
We encourage all stakeholders with an interest in this topic to participate in this event and play a part in achieving a potential major advance in the reduction of medication error.”

For further information contact info@eahp.eu, 00 322 741 6835 or 00 44 7895 292 076


1. EAHP is an association of national organisations representing hospital pharmacists at European and international levels. More information about the EAHP and its history

2. UZ Leuven (Universitair ziekenhuis Leuven) is an academic hospital in the Belgian city of Leuven associated with the KU Leuven. It consists of five campuses: Gasthuisberg, Lubbeek, Pellenberg, Sint-Pieter and Sint-Rafaël. The hospital has 1995 beds and over 8800 employees. More information here.

3. A study by Poon EG et al. Effect of Bar-Code Technology on the Safety of Medication Administration. N Eng J Med 2010;362:1698-707,has suggested the use of bar codes on medicines up to the single unit (thereby enabling bedside scanning of the medicine at the point of administration) can help to reduce medication error rates by 41.4%. More information here.

4. In recognition of the patient safety case, and the effect on reducing errors, it has been practise in the USA since 2006 that all pharmaceuticals products sold to hospitals must now bear a bar code on the smallest unit of use — the size dispensed to the patient. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimate that since introducing this requirement, some hospitals have reduced medication error rates by as much as 85% and in a study conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, evidence suggested that the use of such bedside verification technology enabled 5.7 million doses of medication to be administered to patients without medication errors. More information here.

5. Stakeholders with an interest in the subject of avoiding medication error in hospitals that would like to attend the unique one-day event, should contact richard.price@eahp.eu

6. Further information about the event is available here.

See the Agenda HERE

Bar Coding Brochure HERE


EAHP press release, 16 August 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Registration opens for unique Congress on Hospital Pharmacy innovation

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) is delighted to announce that registration is now open for its 19th Congress which takes as its focus the subject of innovation.
With the context of the global economic crisis, and its consequences in the form of shrinking national health budgets, the question must be asked as to how successful service innovation can be achieved in such circumstances.
Keynote speakers throughout the three day Congress,
to be held in Barcelona from Wednesday 26th March to Friday 28th March 2014, will investigate models of innovation, as well as central factors and elements of the innovation process. The Congress is designed to give attendees new insights into how to find and implement innovative solutions in a resource-constrained environment. A key message of the Congress is that innovation can still progress in an era of shortage: through imagination, skills and organisation.

Speaking about the Congress theme, Prof. Dr. Kees Neef, EAHP Director of Education, Science and Research said:

“It seems that every hospital pharmacist I speak to these days has the same workplace challenge: how to maintain continuous improvement of service to patients and other health professionals at a time when hospital budgets grow tighter. A large part of that answer lies in innovation which is why we wanted to focus our next scientific Congress explicitly on this theme.
With the programme of speakers and timely chosen workshops and seminars I have no doubt that our Congress can provide any hospital pharmacist in attendance with powerful new ideas, models and concepts to take back to their home country to invigorate and empower their own service improvement efforts.”
EAHP is also delighted to announce the continuation of the ground-breaking
Synergy Satellite Programme, accredited high level seminars supported by an educational grant from Bayer Pharma AG.

Jennie De Greef, EAHP Chief Operating Officer, said:

The support of our industry partners remains invaluable in terms of enabling both the breadth and precision of EAHP’s educational activities. The successful introduction of the Synergy Satellite Programme at last year’s Congress was an important addition in this regard and I’m delighted it will be going from strength to strength in the year ahead.”

For further information contact info@eahp.eu or telephone 00 322 741 6835 / 00 44 7895 292 076
1.      EAHP is an association of national organisations representing hospital pharmacists at European and international levels. More information about the EAHP and its history here.
2.      More information about the EAHP Congress is available here.
3.      The programme for the Congress is available here.
4.      To benefit from the Congress early registration fee, registrations should be made BEFORE 1 DECEMBER 2013. Further information here.
5.      Information on the Synergy Satellite programme is available here.
6.      The 2014 Synergy Satellite event is titled: “Anticoagulants – a matter of heart! Towards a bright future?” and will be held from 1130 to 1300 on Wednesday 26th March 2014 in the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.  

Further information here.