PSMO-01 - Data integration and interoperability for the modern pharmacist 

Organised by The FIP Technology Advisory Group in collaboration with the FIP Early Career Pharmaceutical Group, the FIP Ethics Advisory Group, the FIP Global Pharmaceutical Observatory and the FIP Health and Medicines Information Section


Prof. Tracey Thornley, Member Executive Committee of the FIP Community Pharmacy Section, United Kingdom and Dr Carl Schneider, Member Executive Committee of the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section, Australia


Pharmacists’ roles are continuously evolving, and staying abreast of technological advancements is crucial for providing the best care to patients. This session will delve into how data integration is revolutionising pharmacy practice, focusing on innovative approaches that enhance patient care. It will also introduce participants to the World Health Organization global strategy for digital health 2020-25, open interoperability standards and SMART guidelines. The session will explore the internal and external aspects of data integration, highlighting how pharmacists can leverage data from multiple sources. Finally, we will address the ethical considerations and challenges faced in the integration of data, including consideration of privacy, equity, and associated education initiatives.



11:00 – 11:10 Introduction by the chairs
11:10 – 11:30 One data for One FIP: Innovations in data integration
Dr Ardalan Mirzaei, member of the FIP Technology Advisory Group, Australia
11:30 – 11:50

Integration within and external to pharmacy
Mr Joel Anaman, mPharma, Ghana

11:50 – 12:10 Ethics of data integration: Addressing privacy and equity
Dr Carl Schneider, treasurer of the executive committee of the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section, Australia
12:10 – 12:30  Panel discussion: Interoperability across pharmacy practice

Learning objectives

  • To understand the principles of data integration and how they apply to pharmacists.
  • To describe the potential benefits and risks involved in data integration.
  • To apply an ethical approach to data integration when considering or leading data integration initiatives.


  • Modern pharmacy practice requires data integration for optimal provision of patient care.
  • Data integration can be complex but can be made easier with a systemic and collaborative approach.
  • Pharmacy needs to integrate with other health systems via common international standards.
  • Data integration raises ethical considerations, including risks to privacy and equity.