Medication Adherence: The Evolving Role Of Technology


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Medication adherence remains a persistent and pertinent issue in health care. Nonadherence poses challenges to adequate control of the target condition and often leads to further unnecessary complications.  Lapses in adherence can lead to more severe and expensive disease exacerbations, requiring additional treatment and hospitalization.  Rates and reasons for noncompliance vary based on numerous factors including health condition, type of medication, and patient characteristics.

Primary care physicians (PCPs) treat patients with chronic conditions, who often find it difficult to adhere to their medication regimens.  Many of the latest practice management and communication technologies afford clinicians the opportunity improve patient medication adherence. Functions within electronic health records (EHRs), such as medication alerts and eprescibing; via social media, including blogs and patient communities; and through mobile technology and digital communication, utilizing tools like HIPAA-compliant texts, can help physicians to improve their patients’ adherence to their course of therapy. Recent video roundtable discussions on strived to educate PCPs about these technologies.

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