Medication non-adherence is the biggest challenge healthcare is facing today. 50% of the time patient don’t take >their prescribed medicine or forget to refill on time. There are several reasons for it, with the population getting older or being occupied with their chores they tend to forget taking medicine, some are not educated about the medicines and their side-effects.
Medication adherence affects the quality and length of life, health outcomes, and overall healthcare costs. With the help of technology providers ( care coordinators, pharmacists, physicians, caregivers) can clearly identify individual patterns of medication adherence, with easy-to-interpret visualizations and actionable information they could review in seconds.
Let’s look into some of the strategies to promote and ensure medication adherence at all stages:
Medication adherence apps –
Mobile apps are getting more popular to provide more personalized care and ensure medication compliancne, scheduled reminders through SMS, push notifications, or IVR is quite helpful.
Incentive-based medication adherence –
Rewarding people for taking their medication is always encouraging. These rewards can be monitory, gift coupons, or badges which users get at a regular interval.
IOT to enhance medication adherence –
Medicine dispensers, smart pill cap, smart pill organisers or ingestible sensor to monitor, track medication schedule, and identify any miss dosage. It can remind users when to take their medicines and keep track when they last opened the pill holder.
Educating patients about the benefits or side-effects of non-adherence and how compliance can help them in improving their journey towards a faster recovery. To help patients avoid making medication errors and understand what to do if they have questions or concerns about their medications, telehealth portals can be useful
Technology has been a great tool to patient engagement, whether it medication adherence or treatment adherence smartData has developing innovative mhealth apps for chronic care and elderly care that has helped our clients manage their prescribed medicine, timely notifications to take medicine and dose to be taken, avoid missed doses and overdosages, with a view to ensuring compliance.
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