B1 Technology to engage patients

Tuesday 30 August 2016
Hilton Buenos Aires : Atlantico C, 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Programme Committee

Simultaneous translation in Spanish


If health care is to be effective, it is important that individuals are actively engaged in all aspects of looking after their health — whether in trying to stay healthy or in managing the treatment of a disease. Consequently, health care professionals are placing increasing emphasis on discussing treatments and interventions with patients and their families, and on selecting treatment options that best suit the needs and objectives of the individual. Technologies are emerging that can facilitate this engagement and provide feedback to patients, families and health care professionals. How can pharmacists make best use of these new technologies to provide better care to patients, families and individuals who wish to remain healthy?

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this knowledge-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the advantages and potential pitfalls of using information technology to advise patients and monitor their use of medicines
  2. Describe examples of the use of social media to promote health awareness
  3. Identify criteria that could be used to determine whether a new technology is of use and potential value to a patient
  4. Explain the educational challenges that pharmacists and other health care professionals face if they are to be able to use emerging technologies effectively.


Linda Hakes (FIP IPS, Germany)  




1)      Use of IT to improve compliance and to provide feedback on patient status

Marie-Paule Schneider (Policlinique Médicale Universitaire de Lausanne, Switzerland)


2)      Web-based technology to promote health awareness

Suma Surendranath (Parkinson’s UK, UK)

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break


3)      Evidence-based pharmacy and how to make the right decision for the patients

Kendall Ho (University of British Columbia, Canada)  

A case study/workshop to cover: 

a)      Decision-making for pharmacists

b)      Use and limitations of technologies in the decision-making process for both pharmacist and patient

c)       Developing evidence for use of technologies


4)      Limitations and risks of using novel technologies

Sarah Chapman and Rob Horne (University College London, UK)