Creating Better Compliance: Mobile Health Technology and Medication Adherence

Creating Better Compliance: Mobile Health Technology and Medication Adherence

Helping patients take their medications as prescribed isn’t simply an academic concern. Non-adherence to medication directions costs lives and drives up health care expenses. Mobile health technology is one promising avenue for helping patients improve their adherence to treatment requirements.Prescription Medication Adherence

Costs of medication non-adherence

An April 2017 article in The New York Times pulls no punches as to the financial and health costs of medication non-adherence:

There is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about. It’s called non-adherence to prescribed medications, and it is — potentially, at least — 100 percent preventable by the very individuals it afflicts.

The total health care costs related to medication non-adherence has been estimated at up-to-$289 billion annually in the U.S. It is linked to 125,000 deaths yearly.

Patient behaviors

A review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine breaks the problem of non-adherence down further: “Studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.” 1

Barriers to medication adherence include forgetfulness, imperfect drug regimens, lack of information about side effects, and managing multiple prescriptions. Sometimes patients cannot understand the medical instructions given to them by their health care provider. Timely, personalized communications between health care organizations and patients can address these issues.

Communication is key

The RxEOB®MercuryMessaging™ platform is a means for health care organizations to provide branded, personalized and contextualized communication. Patients can be engaged by their preferred method of communication including text messaging and email.

RxEOB can assist health care organizations in helping their members to comply with medication requirements for better health care outcomes. For more information call 804-643-1540.

1Viswanathan, Meera, et al. “Interventions to Improve Adherence to Self-administered Medications for Chronic Diseases in the United States: A Systematic Review.” Annals of Internal Medicine 157.11 (2012): 785-795.