On September 1st and 2nd took place the 2016 APOTECAcommunity International Meeting, the biennial event dedicated to the establishment of the robotics standards for the hospital pharmacy.
The international APOTECAcommunity is the worldwide scientific network of pharmaceutical leaders and experts of technology who meet in Italy (the robotic pioneer in the pharmaceutical field) to discuss about new trends and look at the future. 26 organizations from 15 different countries took part in this event, from USA to Singapore, among guests also worldwide reference centers such as the Cleveland Clinic and the Johns Hopkins Hospital (USA), the Mainz University Hospital (Germany) and the Samsung Medical Center (Korea).
The first success of the meeting (the 2014 Community event) was represented by the first scientific article about a new concept of technology used in pharmacy to share knowledge and competences on robotics. This time, the Community pushed itself further, imagining pharmacy in 2022, establishing the objectives according to the trends: roles and responsibilities, drugs, healthcare system and technologies, and then drawing a roadmap until the 2022 trying to constantly take on new challenges.
The metaphor used to describe this topic is the Italian game of “bocce” (bowls), where the fundamental aspect is to test themselves in relation with the others. Besides, the participants had the occasion to try this typical Italian game! The next International Community will take place in 2018 when the next step towards the 2022 will be established.