Evidence that Consumer eHealth can save lives

A recent report from the Center for Technology and Aging suggests that “Information technology is key to improving medication-related errors and improving medication adherence among older adults”


According to David Lindeman, the center’s director, “Medication non-adherence is responsible for up to 33 percent to 69 percent of medication-related hospital admissions and 23 percent of all nursing home admissions.”  Equally concerning, the report states that “of the 3 billion medication prescriptions issued each year in the United States,12 percent are never picked up by the patient and 40 percent are not taken correctly.”

Some of the possible technologies to address the medication issues raised in the report:

  • Medication kiosks, such as those piloted at the Veterans Health Administration;
  • Walgreen’s online medication history tool for consumers;
  • Cognitive assessment tests like the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE);
  • “Rex,” a talking pill bottle designed by Pittsbugh-based MedivoxRx that assists visually or cognitively impaired patients;
  • The Med-eMonitor System, a portable electronic medication-dispensing device from Rockville, Md.-based InforMedix;
  • Mobile phone apps with medication management, reporting and trending features; and
  • Wireless point-of-care testing devices to monitor medication use.


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