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Front. Pharmacol. | doi: 10.3389/fphar.2019.00933

Conceptual Framework of the Impact of Health Technology on Healthcare System

  • 1Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt

The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes health systems strengthening as a means of improving population health, especially in low- and middle- income countries. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have made apparent the importance of investing in workforce development to improve population health and economic well-being. In relation to pharmaceuticals, health systems face challenges in terms of: (i) guaranteeing access to needed drugs, (ii) rationalizing medicines use, and (iii) avoiding harm from adverse events. For medicines systems to be strengthened there is a pressing need to better understand the relationships between technology and pharmacy practice when strengthening pharmaceutical care systems. In response, this paper will examine ways in which harnessing new technologies can change pharmacy practice in ways that strengthen pharmaceutical systems for the benefit of patients. The paper will present a conceptual framework as well as exploring case studies.

Keywords: Healthcare system, eHealth, Health technologies, mHealth, Electronic Health Records (EHR), Telemedicine, E-prescribing

Received: 26 Sep 2018; Accepted: 22 Jul 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Farid. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Samar F. Farid, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, samar.farid@pharma.cu.edu.eg