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Forget to Take Medicine? These Pills Know

Forget to Take Medicine? These Pills Know | Healthcare | Scoop.it

Startup companies are coming up with new technologies aimed at getting people to take medicine only as directed.

 

Taking medication haphazardly—skipping doses, lapsing between refills or taking pills beyond their expiration date—has been linked to health complications and hundreds of millions of wasted dollars for insurers and hospitals.

 "After six months' time, only half of people taking prescription medicines are taking them as directed," said Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer of drug retailer CVS Caremark Corp. 

Health insurers and pharmacy-benefits managers like CVS have long relied on robo-calls, mailers and face-to-face meetings with pharmacists to keep patients on their dosing schedule.

 

Now they are evaluating a range of more cost-effective technologies, from pills and bottles with digital sensors, to data analytics software and social games that offer patients rewards.

 

Insurers and pharmacies are motivated in part by Medicare, which offers financial rewards for proving their members have improved their overall adherence to medication schedules.

 

They also stand to benefit if their members are healthier. The New England Healthcare Institute estimates that some $290 billion in costs is wasted each year on unnecessary hospital and doctor visits by people who failed to comply with their medication schedule.

 

CVS is pilot-testing technology from Virginia-based RxAnte Inc., which sells an analytics platform that looks at millions of patients' claims data and clinical data to identify people at highest risk of failing to comply with doctors' orders.

 

These patients include people with a spotty track record of adherence, those who take several different medicines or those facing unwanted side effects, Chief Executive Josh Benner said.

 

"It's all a targeting game," Mr. Benner said. "We predict individual behaviors, and suggest interventions."

 


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malek's comment, May 22, 2013 7:39 AM
Health insurers and pharmacy-benefits managers like CVS are here for the long haul
Deborah Verran's comment, May 22, 2013 8:52 PM
Interesting technology. Will be interested in follow up data
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What Is Concierge Healthcare? - Forbes

What Is Concierge Healthcare? - Forbes | Healthcare | Scoop.it
What Is Concierge Healthcare?
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With healthcare institutions throughout the world increasingly stressed, the wealthy are regularly not inclined to rely on these public systems – at least not in the ways the masses rely on them.
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HealthTap launches 'AppRx' so you can get app recommendations from real doctors

HealthTap launches 'AppRx' so you can get app recommendations from real doctors | Healthcare | Scoop.it
Health Q&A startup HealthTap has added a new feature to its popular mobile apps called AppRx that lets doctors recommend high-quality medical mobile apps to everyday users. HealthTap caught our...

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Relatris's curator insight, June 2, 2013 8:19 AM

Some kind of health app curation and definitively a valuable guide for patients in the vast ocean of health apps. 

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The FDA launches first inquiry into medical iPhone app

The FDA launches first inquiry into medical iPhone app | Healthcare | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week launched its first investigation into an unregulated Urinalysis app, a warning to health app makers.

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Bad News for Republicans: "Obamacare" to Cost Americans Much LESS Than Expected

Bad News for Republicans: "Obamacare" to Cost Americans Much LESS Than Expected | Healthcare | Scoop.it
Something interesting happened last week -- California released its rates for the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." And guess what?  They're cheaper than the CBO's 2009 estimates. Not only are ...

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Affordable Care Act Update | JD Supra

On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary guidance for employers to help them meet their obligations to notify employees of their health insurance exchange...
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