On February 24th, the Global Digital Health Network convened virtually for another monthly webinar hosted by MSH. The discussion focused on Digital Tools for Pharmaceutical Systems.
Pharmaceutical systems depend on efficient and reliable information tools, data governance, and data analytics systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality assured, and affordable products and services. Many processes are still paper based resulting in inefficient workflows, lack of transparency, mismanagement and vulnerability to corruption.
MSH, with support from USAID, has supported LMICs to change this poor data cycle by improving local capacity for data governance, analytics, interoperability, and integration. Key to this change has been the development and deployment of several tools to streamline data collection, collation, and analysis; improve data availability and accessibility; and help countries reap the benefits of evidence-based decision making.
The discussion included the need for digital tools and standards across pharmaceutical systems and shared some of the tools MSH has used to meet these needs, and the vision going forward. Pharmadex is an information system used to support national medicines regulatory authorities to standardize and facilitate their work and RxSolution is a system to manage the supply chain and monitor adherence and patient outcomes linked to laboratory results. We had a great discussion with attendees on topics such as including on interoperability and sustainability planning.
- Randy Wilson, Data Analytics and Digital Health Practice Lead, MSH
- Francis Abogye-Nyame, Project Director, Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program
- Javier Guzman, Technical Director, MSH
- Deane Putzier, MIS Senior Principal Technical Advisor, MSH
- Kim Hoppenworth, MIS Senior Technical Advisor, MSH