D4 Smart learning: Dynamic integration of technology into healthcare and education

Thursday 14 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Grand Ballroom 101 + 102 3 hours

Organised by the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section and FIPEd

Chairs: Whitley Yi (University of Colorado, USA) and Amber Liu (ttopstart BV, Netherlands)


The rapid acceleration of technology has catalysed innovations and advancements in all sectors of industry, creating disruptions and necessitating a re-evaluation of traditional processes and approaches to healthcare. Innovation in practice is necessary for practitioners to provide optimal care to patients - and pharmacists must face the challenge of embracing these developments. By adopting an innovator’s mindset, practitioners will be primed for the world of empowered patients and rapid improvements in health care delivery.

This session envisions a future where pharmacists are technologists: as a collective, they acknowledge and actively identify opportunities to embrace innovations disrupting the healthcare landscape. Through an overview of emerging trends, we will explore disruptive health technology and its impact on traditional solutions and standards of care. Mobile and digital health will serve to highlight specific opportunities where pharmacists as technologists can lead, in designing and co-developing the future together.

Ultimately, however, education is paramount to build the foundations for nurturing and inspiring the next generation of pharmacy innovators. Bring it all together, the session will examine the transformative potential of pharmacy education and training. Education has the power to transform our future generations through intelligently adapting to technology, and re-imaging traditional processes and educational outcomes. This will serve as our compass, as we navigate beyond the digital era.


Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify emerging opportunities for pharmacists as technologist

2. Apply an innovative mindset to explore novel approaches to traditional health care solutions

3. Describe an operational overview of some of the disruptive technologies and trends on the horizon

4. Distinguish the need to re-evaluate education processes and outcomes considering the accelerated pace of technology innovations.


09:00 - 9:05

1.    Introduction by the chairs

09:05 - 09:25

2. Pharmacist as technologist  

Darrin Baines (Bournemouth University, UK)

09:25 - 09:45

3. Developments in disruptive health technology - future trends

Ryan Olohan (Google Healthcare, USA)

09:45 - 10:20

4. WORKSHOP 1 - Disruptive technology and its impact on traditional solutions and processes


10:20 - 10:40 Coffee/tea break


10:40 - 11:00

5. Mobile, connected, digital health

Marcus Sigurdsson (McCann Health, Hong Kong)

11:00 - 11:20

6. The next generation of innovators: transforming education

Ruth Nemire (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, USA)

11:20 -11:50

7. WORKSHOP 2 - Health technologies and pharmacy education

11:50 - 12:00

8. Closing remarks: Impact of technology on pharmacy and healthcare