Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland met with the minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, Maree Todd MSP, on Wednesday (September 8) to discuss digital transformation and women’s health.
In the meeting, RPS Scotland recommended introduction of a single shared patient record by the Scottish government, which would be the biggest digital transformation for pharmacy.
Clare Morrison, RPS director for Scotland, said: “It would improve patient safety, improve the quality of care for patients, enable key priority areas like integration of health and care and reducing drug deaths, and reduce workload for pharmacists.”
Besides, the government should address key enablers such as individual Office 365 licences for all pharmacy professionals for authentication purposes, and engage with the public and professionals on the introduction of shared records.
Other digital topics discussed were ePrescribing and NHS Near Me.
Andrew Carruthers, Scottish Pharmacy Board chair, said, reducing the stigma associated with women’s health issues and the role pharmacy could play in this were also discussed during the meeting.
He said: “We also discussed the need for better education for health professionals on women’s health.”