INNOV8: Pharmacy Profession Awareness Competition

PharmaLedger teamed up with the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) for their INNOV8 Competition.

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) is one of the largest student advocacy bodies for pharmacy students and recent graduates, with 500 thousand members around the world. They created the INNOV8 Competition three years ago, which according to the IPSF Chairperson of Professional Development Niranjan Ganeshkumar, “… is a platform where we give students an opportunity to think outside the box and outside their curriculum, and where they can explore new areas within the pharmacy profession.” 

INNOV8: Pharmacy Profession Awareness Competition

This year, IPSF teamed up with PharmaLedger to introduce blockchain to pharmacy students. First, an Introductory Workshop: “Application of blockchain technology in community pharmacy services” was held on the 20th of September. PharmaLedger’s Culture and Adoption Co-Lead Dr Hirkirit Virdee (Novartis) led the workshop and his lecture covered ideas associated with trust, the development of a digital trust ecosystem and the origins, fundamentals and principles of blockchain technology.

The workshop led students to breakout rooms where they applied their knowledge of blockchain technology within the community pharmacy setting and this was then presented back to the student cohort.

The 80 participants from around the world that joined the workshop were invited to adapt what they learned about blockchain and apply it to the healthcare sector or other valuable use cases. After submitting these written proposals, IPSF chose the top five submissions and three final winners were selected by PharmaLedger members.

INNOV8 Competition Winners

We congratulate the top three winners that have been selected. These three winners will receive European Blockchain Convention tickets and all participants will receive a 20% discount for one European Tech School Blockchain Course.

First place: 

Effiong David Etim, PANS, Nigeria: Improving the health-care delivery service of community pharmacies through patient medical record; THE PHARMA LINK APPROACH.

Runner up: 

Rosalina A. Areola, UPPhA, Philippines: Optimization of dangerous drugs prescription and dispensing through blockchain technology.

3rd Place: 

Natpassorn Veraphattanakupt, PSAT, Thailand: Blockchain technology for medication-related problems management in community pharmacy services.

We would like to thank all participants that have joined this collaboration and applaud the IPSF for giving students more opportunities like this to access information, learn and develop new ideas in the pharmaceutical sector.

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