Digitalisation of medicines: artefact, architecture and time

doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2017-006661

In an editorial in QSHC Tony Cornford and Valentina Lichtner look at current digital initiative around medicines, in particular electronic prescribing. They offer a new vision for the future based on  new  platform architectures in support of a more digitally active kind of medicines. In particular, they suggest that safety in the systems we use with medicines is potentially well served:

” By separating the infrastructure layer, where digital artefacts [digital drugs]  and associated services are made available to share, from the users’ applications layer , [the] engine of innovation – including innovation in safety – may be restarted”.