COLLABORATIONS

 

The EUPSF is actively involved in various initiatives and collaborative projects.

ORCHESTRA - EU Horizon 2020 cohort to increase common and effective response to SARS-CoV2 Pandemic

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ORCHESTRA is a three-year international research project aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic, led by the University of Verona and involving 26 partners (extending to a wider network of 37 partners) from 15 countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Congo, France, Gabon, Germany, India, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Venezuela. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the ERAvsCORONA Action Plan which was developed jointly by Commission services and national authorities. 

 

ORCHESTRA's goal is to establish an international large-scale cohort for the conduct of retrospective and prospective studies in order to generate rigorous evidence to improve the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and to be better prepared for future pandemics.

The EUPSF is part of the international expert committee of WP9: Global COVID-19 guidance.

Alliance for the Digitalisation of Medication Management in European Hospitals 

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Hospitals stock up to 200 medications at any time and patients are prescribed anything from 5 to 9 medications during an episode of hospital care. Availability, visibility and traceability of medication along hospitals’ medication management pathways are critical for patient safety, smooth hospital operations and the delivery of high-quality healthcare. Activities in this pathway are mostly manual and non-digitalised. Levels of digitalisation in European hospitals’ medication management pathways are low. 

Via the Alliance for the Digitalisation of Medication Management in European Hospitals, a white paper publication highlights the benefits that can be gained by implementing and upscaling digitalisation hospitals’ medication management pathways for patient safety, healthcare professionals’ well-being, medicine shortages, hospital resilience and the implementation of the European Health Data Space, the new mandate for the European Medicines Agency and the pharmaceutical strategy.

 

The EUPSF is a member of the Alliance. 

White Paper launch event “Digitalisation of Medication Management in Healthcare Settings: a KEY opportunity for the European Union”, hosted by MEP Luisa Regimenti will take place on 29th November 2022, in the European Parliament (Brussels), 16:00 to 18:00 CET.

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European Collaborative Action on Medication Errors and Traceability

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Medication errors are a common cause of harm to patients in acute care settings and can include prescribing, preparation, dispensing and administration mistakes. These errors can lead to no harm, may be minor or range to major errors which can result in morbidity, mortality and poor quality of life for the patient, lack of efficacy of medication, suboptimal patient adherence and poor patient experience. In turn, these may have significant health and economic consequences, including the increased use of health services, preventable medication-related hospital admissions and death. High workloads and lack of health care personnel contribute to 23% of medication errors.

The Alliance aims to reduce medication errors and promote, at European and national levels, the implementation of comprehensive electronic traceability systems in hospital settings.

 

The EUPSF is a member of the Alliance. 

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