Digital Tools for Pharmaceutical Systems
On February 24th, the Global Digital Health Network invited MSH to host a webinar discussion focused on Digital Tools for Pharmaceutical Systems.
Pharmaceutical systems depend on efficient and reliable information tools, data governance, and data analytics systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality assured, and affordable products and services. Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), however, suffer from poor data availability and accessibility. Many processes are still paper based, resulting in inefficient workflows, lack of transparency, mismanagement, and vulnerability to corruption.
MSH, with support from USAID, works in LMICs to change this poor data cycle by improving local capacity for data governance, analytics, interoperability, and integration. Key to this change has been the development and deployment of several tools to streamline data collection, collation, and analysis; improve data availability and accessibility; and help countries reap the benefits of evidence-based decision making.
This discussion will include the need for digital tools and standards across pharmaceutical systems, share some of the tools MSH has used to meet these needs, and touch upon the vision going forward. We look forward to questions and a discussion with attendees, including on interoperability and sustainability planning.
Randy Wilson, Data Analytics and Digital Health Practice Lead, MSH
Francis Abogye-Nyame, Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening Practice Lead, MSH, Project Director, USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program
Javier Guzman, Technical Director, USAID MTaPS Program, MSH
Deane Putzier, Senior Principal Technical Advisor, Management Information Systems, MSH
Kim Hoppenworth, Senior Technical Advisor, Management Information Systems, MSH