Harnessing innovation and technology
During the pandemic, technology was quickly implemented to facilitate ease of interaction between patients and practitioners, with video consultations being made available routinely for pharmacy in community and primary care.
The Digital Medicines Transformation Portfolio, established by Digital Health and Care Wales, brings together the programmes and projects that will deliver the benefits of a fully digital prescribing approach in all care settings in Wales.
By 2025 this comprehensive and robust digital platform will be embedded, connecting primary, community and secondary care. The plan for transformation in prescribing will also ensure a medicines data repository is put in place to support clinical and prescribing decisions.
Electronic prescribing solutions, automation, and digitally enhanced ways for patients to order routine medicines will be embedded in practice, creating efficiency within services and time for pharmacy teams away from administrative tasks to deliver patient-centred care.
Electronic transfer of prescriptions and secure access to patient medication information will increase convenience, reduce prescription and administration errors and ensuring more timely supply of medicines at all points where medicines are dispensed. The plans for e-prescribing also aim to put patients in greater control of their medication through electronic applications.
Advances in therapeutics continue apace and this includes advanced therapy medicinal products as well as precision medicine. Pharmacists will play a leading role in advancing the pharmacogenomics revolution, allowing a personalised approach to prescribing and transforming patient outcomes. PGx is already benefitting patients in Wales, for example in the routine screening of all cancer patients eligible for treatment with a specific chemotherapy (fluoropyrimidine-based). The testing identifies the risk of experiencing severe side effects and enabling appropriate dose modifications or drug selection to improve patient safety.