Free online program allows pharmacists and patients to create customized printable treatment plans.
This article originally appeared on the website of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Used with permission.
Do you struggle to help your patients improve their medication adherence? According to the Center for Technology and Aging report, 23% of all nursing home admissions are a result of poor medication compliance. Whether it is one medication or 15, pharmacists, patients, and caregivers are challenged daily to ensure medications are taken correctly and on time.
MyMedSchedule.com may offer a solution to the growing problem of poor adherence. This new, free online program is set up so that patients can create and print or email personalized dosing schedules that include the name, strength, and picture of the drug as well as specific dosing instructions for each medication. This tool is also a great way for pharmacists to assist patients with adherence issues by either creating the medication list for the patient or simply helping them use the service. The program includes patient-friendly education handouts in Spanish, English, large font, and wallet-sized cards as well as email and text message reminders that notify patients when to take a certain medication or simply when a drug is due for a refill.
If you are interested in a more extensive service, another free tool, MedActionPlan.com, allows providers to create profiles that include documentation of allergies as well as assistance in dosing schedules, anticoagulation titration schedules and Diabetes management in addition to the dosing handouts mentioned above. This is a universal service that can be utilized in any type of pharmacy setting, whether you practice inpatient, outpatient, retail, or in a variety of other types of pharmacy settings.
According to Donna Gemme Brooten, Director of Marketing and Client Relations of MedActionPlan, “Over 50% of the hospitals that use MedActionPlan use their pharmacist team as the lead for the program and for patient education. It is used as an education and adherence tool for in-patient and at discharge, and also in clinic and outpatient settings.”
Most importantly, however, is that through the use of printed daily schedules, specific dosing instructions, and reminders, pharmacists can help patients improve their medication compliance. This can increase medication efficacy and enhance the patient’s quality of life--all free of charge.
For more information on utilizing MyMedSchedule.com, visit the website http://www.MyMedSchedule.com to view the tutorials. If you are interested in using MedActionPlan.com, visit the website www.MedActionPlan.com. For either service, call 800-543-2230 with questions, or contact Donna Gemme Brooten.