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FIP Development Goal 20: Digital health


 FIP Development Goal 20 Workforce Element

FIP Development Goal 20 [w]



Globally, we will have:

Enablers of digital transformation within the pharmacy workforce and effective processes to facilitate the development of a digitally literate pharmaceutical workforce.


  • Develop courses, training material and experiential learning opportunities in initial education & early career training to prepare a digitally literate workforce (FIP Development Goals 1 & 2 [w]).

  • Incorporate digital health and literacy competencies and skills in pharmaceutical competency, advanced and specialist frameworks (FIP Development Goals 4 & 5 [w]).

  • Multi-disciplinary learning strategies for digital health literacy that include interprofessional education (FIP Development Goal 8 [w])

  • Provide opportunities for continuous education and development to ensure the workforce remains up to date with digital health changes and innovations (FIP Development Goal 9 [w]).

  • Incorporate digital health within workforce development policies including employment policies such as employment opportunities in digital health sector (FIP Development Goal 13 [w]).


FIP Development Goal 8 Practice Element

FIP Development Goal 8 [p]



Globally, we will have:

Systems and structures in place to develop and deliver quality digital health and pharmaceutical care services through the digital literacy and utilisation of technology and digital enablers, configuration of responsive digital services to widen access and equity.


  • Utilise digital enablers and new technologies such as shared electronic health records, applications, and artificial intelligence to support the delivery of innovative services and the appropriate care and decision making.

  • Demonstrate digital literacy and understanding of governance issues surrounding data ownership, ethics, privacy, quality information; and have policies in place to support the development of the workforce as managers of health data

  • Recognise digital health as a mechanism for widening access and equity including access to digital pharmaceutical care.

  • Identify and understand ethical and operational implications of digital technologies, as well as the implications in terms of professional accountability for patient outcomes of expanded access to patient information, shared electronic records.


FIP Development Goal 20 Science Element 

FIP Development Goal 20 [s]



Globally, we will have:

Application of digital technology in healthcare delivery and development of innovative medical products.


  • Promote use and interpretation of digital technology and information during training and education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

  • Enable integration of “data science” solutions to improve patient care.

Find out more about the 21 FIP Development Goals for transforming global pharmacy here.
Last update 16 September 2020

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