December 4, 2019 - by Parul Saini, Webmedy team
Medication non-adherence can be described as either patient intentionally or unintentionally failing to take medication as per prescriptions.
Medication non-adherence is a critical problem as it is not easy to detect. Many times the problems exist within healthcare systems. Other times problem occurs due to socioeconomic factors. Medication non-adherence has serious health consequences ranging from a lower quality of life and ill driven warning to death.
As a result of this fall in health may cause more emergency room visits. Medication non-adherence not only affects patient's health but also contributes to 290 billion dollars annually in added cost to health care systems according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) survey.
Well, there is not any universal solution to improve adherence. However, once the source of the problem is identified one can tailor a solution to meet the patient's needs. The healthcare provider needs to maintain a trustful, comfortable relationship with the patients.
Moreover, prescriptions refill records and pills count do not grant the correct measure of adherence rates. It is very important for health care, especially for physicians to have an eye on their patient's prescriptions.
First of all, it is important to identify that there is no complete remedy to this problem and there will always be a few cases of prescription recklessness. Though EHR technology the barriers for getting medication prescribed can be reduced.
Following issues come to my mind that can be solved through EHR:-
The transformation of EHR technology will give tools that are useful for physicians to solve the problem related to medication non-adherence. Moreover, such tools are widely adopted for meaningful use and it will surely reduce the health care cost that non-adherence adds.