Saturday, April 9, 2011

Medicine-On-Time Shown To Reduce Likelihood Of Nursing Home Admission By 66 Percent

In a new study published in The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, researchers from the University of South Carolina School of Public Health found that the use of the Medicine-On-Time medication delivery technology reduced the likelihood of nursing home admission by 66 percent.

The study assessed the impact of a medication adherence management program on nursing home admissions. Medicine-On-Time's medication management system helps ensure that medications are taken properly through the use of patient-specific customized packaging.

This study found that the pharmacy-based calendar card dispensing system and coordinating service, which was designed to facilitate medication adherence, can reduce medication management issues, address problems as they arise, and reduce nursing home admissions of community dwelling, nursing home-eligible patients. With nearly 1.5 million residents in nursing homes, the widespread implementation of a medication management system could potentially save the healthcare system billions of dollars per year by avoiding unnecessary nursing home admissions.

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