Advancing Pharmacy Service using Big Data – Are We Fully Utilising the Big Data’s Potential Yet?

Hui-Qi See1, Jin-Ning Chan1, Shu-Jin Ling1, Shang-Cheng Gan1, Chee-Onn Leong2, Chun-Wai Mai2

1School of Pharmacy, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2School of Pharmacy, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Center for Cancer and Stem Cell Research, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Abstract


Big data is anticipated to have large implications in clinical pharmacy, in view of its potential in enhancing precision medicine and to avoid medication error. However, it is equally debatable since such a powerful tool may also disrupt the need of pharmacist in healthcare industry. In this article, we commented the contribution of Big Data in various aspects of clinical pharmacy including advancing pharmaceutical care service, optimising drug supplies, managing clinical trials, and strengthening pharmacovigilance. The future direction of the usage of Big Data related to clinical pharmacy will be discussed.

 

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J Pharm Pharm Sci, 21 (1): 217-221, 2018

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18433/jpps29869