MOIC display at EAHP Congress Lisbon

MOIC display at EAHP Congress Lisbon

MOIC Project Managers Rachel Huey and Catherine Goudy attended the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Congress in Lisbon this week and contributed to the poster display.

The poster contribution looked at the technical assessment of PPE during COVID-19. MOIC alongside the Business Services Organisation Procurement and Logistics Services (BSOPaLS) and regional Infection Prevention and Control colleagues utilised pharmacist skills to develop a technical process that was used right across Northern Ireland in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and escalating demand for PPE. 

You can view the poster here: MOIC poster EAHP Congress

 

Permanent Secretary Peter May visits MOIC

Permanent Secretary Peter May visits MOIC

Permanent Secretary Peter May recently visited MOIC and met with Director Professor Mike Scott and Deputy Director Dr. Glenda Fleming.

Also in attendance was Northern Trust Chief Executive Jennifer Welsh and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Cathy Harrison.

We discussed how MOIC are improving patient outcomes in Northern Ireland through better medicine use and are building collaborations throughout Europe.

Improving medicine monitoring for Asthma patients

Improving medicine monitoring for Asthma patients

MOIC are partnering with the Western Health and Social Care Trust Respiratory Services and Continga® to look at innovative ways of monitoring asthma patients medications from their own home through direct observation of therapy (DOT). Direct observation of therapy (DOT) is the visual monitoring of a patient’s medication administration, to ensure compliance or effective technique.

Continga® has developed a video DOT (v-DOT) platform that operates on mobile phones and other portable devices. The process involves the patient making a short ‘selfie’ video of their medication administration, which is automatically uploaded for viewing, on a secure website, by a healthcare professional.

This project aims to use the Continga® v-DOT platform to collect data from 10 patients from the adult asthma service, Altnagelvin Area Hospital. Patients will be invited to use the Continga® v-DOT platform (with their direct clinical care team) for a period of up to 6 weeks. The data from the 10 patients will be collected over a period of three months.

The primary aim of this quality improvement project is to determine the feasibility and establish the use of the Continga® v-DOT platform in the adult asthma patient service in the WHSCT.

The project opened to patients in December. So far two patients have begun their journey using this platform and we will provide further progress updates throughout the project.

SHAPES present at the 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care 21

SHAPES present at the 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care 21

We were delighted to collaborate with Edgeneering (EDGE) recently to present an electronic poster at the 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care 2021, which was held online between 4 – 7 October.

The conference theme was ‘Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities’, and brought together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, citizens, patients and caregivers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

The poster described activities that had been undertaken in Pilot Theme 3 as part of Phase 2 of the SHAPES Pan-European Pilot Campaign, wherein target users provided feedback on the design of a patient-facing app for optimising their use of medicines. The app is a targeted combination of the eCare app (EDGE) and the eHealthpass app (GNOMON). Participants in the study were presented with design mock-ups and feedback on the app’s visual appearance was sought via interview. By involving users from an early stage, it was possible to identify specific adaptations deemed relevant to improve the app’s usability and the users’ acceptance for new technologies.

 

MOIC paper published – Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist Role

MOIC paper published – Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist Role

MOIC are proud to be working with consultant respiratory pharmacist Carine Gormely to improve medicines optimisation in people with respiratory conditions across Northern Ireland.

This week our paper was published that outlines some of the clinical and economic factors associated with the decisions to invest in the consultant pharmacist model of care in Northern Ireland.

Medicines optimisation for those with respiratory conditions can have a significant impact on clinical outcomes and substantial efficiency gains for health care. Consultant pharmacists are experts working at the top of their specialism in four main pillars of practice, namely clinical care, leadership, education and training, and research and development. A consultant respiratory pharmacist has recently been appointed at a large Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland to provide expert care and clinical leadership for the medicines optimisation agenda with regards to respiratory care in Northern Ireland.

To  read the full article follow the link below.

https://www.mdpi.com/2226-4787/9/4/177