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3 Healthcare Tools To Manage Patient Medications

ID-10022007Oral medications for the treatment chronic conditions have seen unprecedented growth in recent times. Patients with chronic/life threatening conditions are dosing on multiple medicines each day to reduce symptoms–but without tracking medication times or following a particular routine. This is especially difficult for the patients who see multiple doctors.

Dealing with multiple medications can indeed be a confusing process, for patients as well as medical professionals. Following a blatant pattern can also lead to increased health risks for the patient. Medical professionals therefore need to adopt a proactive approach to assist patients in managing their medications.

The confusion can also lead to harmful medicine interactions. It has been estimated by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists that above 34% senior citizens have received a prescription from more than a single physician, and 72% of them are using medicines that were received as prescriptions 6 months ago.

Moreover, several patients have jumped on the ‘pharmacy shopping’ bandwagon as they are considering it to be a frugal approach towards healthcare. The ALARIS Center for Medication Safety and Clinical Improvement reveals that errors in medication administration have resulted in 7,000 deaths a year. The statistics make the problem of medication management apparent.

Thankfully, due to the recent advancements in the domain of health care, medical professionals can utilize certain tools to manage patient medications. Read more…

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