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Telepharmacology and ELIXIR-SI data services

Polonca Ferk1,2, Andrej Kastrin1, Jure Dimec1, Aleš Mrhar3, Brane Leskošek1

1Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2Faculty of Medicine, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia, 3Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Telepharmacology (TelePh) is an emerging field of research that can be defined as the remote use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to provide better consultations between MDs and a TelePh team consisting of clinical pharmacists, pharmacologists and IT professionals. TelePh would provide a 24/7 expert advice service mainly to hospital specialists but also to GPs and small health centres (Figure 1). TelePh will therefore make better healthcare for patients and better and financially more sustainable pharmacological knowledge to all medical specialists. This will be the first occasion that such service will be offered to GPs and especially to hospitals that do not have their own clinical pharmacy team. Mission of the ELIXIR-SI node in this area is to provide better ICT infrastructure for TelePh including better cooperation and networking among SI research groups in pharmacology/clinical pharmacy. We want to promote research excellence in TelePh with the introduction of standard pathways of data management including the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data principles. For these purposes ELIXIR-SI node will provide secure data repository for storage of health data and related (multimedia) metadata in standard relational and linked databases/formats. Our solutions will provide interoperability among users in SI public health system. In addition, we will develop a forked repository with anonymised data for educational and research purposes.

Figure 1: Telepharmacological network

2006 - University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Center for Functional Genomics and Bio-chips.