Data-driven care: why pharmacy needs to get involved

ANDREW DAVIES | July 31, 2019

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In the UK, the NHS generates vast quantities of data, much of which remain unused or underused, despite the potential to drive better care. There are many reasons for poor use of data. One is poor interoperability; differing healthcare terminology can mean the same medicines are described in thousands of ways across the NHS. Lack of transparency between organisations is also a problem; information is obscured or not shared because it is seen as belonging to NHS trusts, contractors (GPs or community pharmacists) or other bodies, rather than being of benefit to the NHS. There are also gaps in education; current and developing healthcare professionals are not aware of the importance of informatics and the opportunities to use rich data reserves, even if they were available.

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“Together We Can!” – With strong belief that Asians can contribute to healthcare of this world through passion, hard work and innovation, Hyphens Pharma International Limited, listed on Catalist, SGX-ST, is today Singapore's leading specialty pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare group. Leveraging on our diverse footprint in ASEAN countries, we have a direct presence in five ASEAN countries – Singapore (HQ), Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and supplemented by a marketing and distribution network covering six other markets – Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Oman.

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