除了舉辦網絡研討會之外，建立香港西醫工會的電子藥品平台是本會近來第二重要的活動。我們已於2018年12月就該平台計劃與Vital Base International Limited簽署了協議。我們對平台的製作及設計已經花費了超過一年的時間。特別感謝資訊科技委員會的鄧權恩醫生及鄧偉材醫生的辛勤工作，我們已經獲得了多家製藥公司的讚助，該項目將於不久將來啟動。上述的電子藥品平台是本會的一個網站，其中包含有關藥物研究和產品，處方藥物和診斷工具方面的最新進展的文章及更新。我們希望這能加快您們對藥物知識的了解，並以此方式幫助您和您的病人一起治理疾病。在建立此電子藥品平台時，包含延續醫學進修資訊，延續醫學進修視頻，註冊醫生名單也將會更新。當然，在適當的時間，您們會收到登入的詳細信息和通知。
1. 選擇一: 是在我們現有辦公室以外租用一些存儲空間來存儲文件記錄；
2. 選擇二: 是租用一個更大的辦公室，以存儲所有研究記錄文件，並組織更多新活動，例如我剛才提到的網絡研討會。
無論那一個選擇，我們必須在租金上花費更多的金錢。幹事會已經研究了這兩個選擇的利弊，並決定採用選擇二 — 即是租用更大的辦公室，預計會員亦會為此感到自豪與榮幸。
New office needs your help
Since February 2020, we have behaved well in social distancing. We have behaved well by eating less and spending less outside. We have behaved well by stopping all non-essential social contacts including Union activities. As such, Hong Kong is among the top areas in combating the COVID-19 coronavirus. Anyway, even we have not encountered any patient suffering from coronavirus disease, we know a lot about the virus already. Don’t you?
We have been struggling hard to bring to you the new medical news on COVID-19 and other diseases through e-Live CMEs. Since April 1, 2020, we have organized a total of 33 Webinars and Facebook Live CMEs, day and night up to 11 July, 2020, and there are more to come. Apart from strengthening the standard of software and hardware for bringing in the ZOOM Webinars and Facebook Live CMEs, we are indebted to the hard work of our webinar speakers, moderators, our CME committee
and Union staff who had to travel out of the Union office most of the time to other venues in town for setting up the Webinars. We are certain that with the passage of time and even when the COVID-19 is under control eventually, e-Live CMEs would still be organized in the future for the convenience that we all have experienced. I am sure the pharmaceutical companies would be most happy to continue to support us in this regard.
Apart from holding Webinars, the second most important activity of our Union recently is the setting up of an e-Pharm platform. We have signed a collaboration plan with the Vital Base International Limited for setting the platform in December 2018. We have worked on the design and set up for more than a year. Thanks to the hard work of both Drs. Tang Kuen Yan and Tang Wai Choi of our Information Technology Committee, we have secured sponsors from various drug firms, and the project will be launched soon. The e-Pharm platform as said is a website with articles and updates on advances in pharmaceutical research and products, prescribing aids, and diagnostic tools. We hope that would speed up your updates in the knowledge of pharmaceuticals and in such a way help you and your patients together in the management of their illnesses. At the time of setting up of this e-Pharm platform, our union website embracing CME facilities, CME videos, Doctors’ directory will be updated as well. Of course, you will be informed of your login details when the time comes.
I have mentioned previously that we need to hold the webinars in other venues in town as there is not enough space in our Union office. I would like to mention another Union activity which has been going on for 13 years, i.e., the approval and follow up of clinical studies by our Ethics Research Committee. We have so far approved and been continuously monitoring a total of 32 Phase 2 and Phase 3 research studies with Principal Investigators mostly from practitioners in the private sector. Research
studies include topics like drug usage in osteoporosis, heart diseases, and various cancers which by and large are important to our future endeavors in preventing and managing such diseases. I was given to understand that in order to meet the criteria of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the documents of the research plans, patient consent forms, reports of adverse reactions, the outcome of patients under study, Research study reports, etc .. should have to be kept in our office throughout the
period of studies and at least for another 3 more years after completion of studies. As the piles of study materials and other records of the Union are getting higher and higher, it is about time for the Union to explore new spaces for storage. This issue was brought up and discussed in our recent Council Meeting. To increase office space, we are left with the following 2 options.
1. Option one is to rent some storage space outside our existing office for storage of records;
2. Option two is to rent a bigger office for the Union to cater for the storage of all the records of research studies and for organizing newer and other activities of the Union like the Webinars that I have just mentioned.
By both options, we have to spend more money on the rentals. The council has worked out the pros and cons of the two options and has decided on Option two to rent a bigger office space which is predicted to be more fruitful and prestige to our members.
A new Taskforce on New Premises was set up to look into the matters of the New Premises with myself as Chairman. As additional financial resources are indeed necessary, we would be most grateful for your generous donations. The format of donations and means of recognition would be worked out and rolled out by the Taskforce soon. I hope that each one of you can contribute to our new office in one way or the other. After all, our office is open to all our members. I am sure most of you are aware of the inadequate space of our present office when you come up to collect masks yourself recently. Many thanks for your attention and generosity.