“Smarter Adherence” refers to the enabling of the proactive push of information to medical patients; Smart Code technology and apps are literally saving lives through “adherence”, ensuring people take the correct medications in the correct manner.
Poor adherence in taking prescription drugs is a global $1.7 trillion problem
However you count them, the number of prescription items dispensed by pharmacists within the community is staggering. Of all the areas of waste within the UK’s NHS and in medical circles globally, patients’ failure to take the medicines in the way they are prescribed is arguably the most difficult to understand.
According to the latest estimates, this problem of non-adherence is draining in the region of £500m a year from an already cash-strapped UK Health Service. Up to 30% of prescriptions are not completed. Even when patients do complete their prescriptions, they may miss doses, take the wrong dose, stop treatment early or never start.
The reasons for their lack of adherence include behavioural issues, such as forgetfulness or procrastination; cost issues; and clinical issues, such as side effects as well as the fact that 60% of all educational materials are on paper and often left unread.
Early identification of these patients paves the way for successful interventions before significant problems arise. The key to this approach is reaching out to patients before they miss a prescription.
Smarter Barcodes And Adherence
Smarter Barcodes provide an array of different ways that information, education and Medicine Management can be provided to the Patient. By implementing proven strategies to increase adherence, Health Services can moderate their costs and reduce waste.
By simply scanning the Barcode on the medication, a patient can be provided with a video all about the medication. For example, what the drug is, when it should be taken, how it should be stored etc. Also, by linking to the Medicine Management app on your mobile phone, as a patient you can review your drugs and set times when you want to be reminded to take them as well as record details such as when you have finished the course of the drug (and much more).
Smarter Barcodes enable the patient to learn more about what drugs they are taking as well as manage the times and amounts that are taken each day. This information can be accessed by the patient to check on how well they are adhering to the scheduled course of medications.