Medication Adherence: Technology’s Role in Improving Outcomes

A lack of prescription adherence has cost the U.S. more than $524 billion a year due to morbidity and mortality, according to the PAN Foundation. Organizations must look for ways to remove barriers to adherence to ensure patients can access the prescriptions they need, including through the utilization of technology platforms. 

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A Virtual Second Opinion Can Save Your Life

Your loved one is likely already receiving high-quality medical care for their condition. However, there may be times when you or your loved one desires a second opinion, like Dan. Perhaps your loved one has a condition that, despite treatment, isn’t improving or is getting worse; perhaps they have been diagnosed with a serious or rare health condition or have been told their condition is not treatable; perhaps they are facing treatment that involves significant risks, such as surgery or chemotherapy.

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Can Ready-to-Administer Syringes Improve Patient Care, Reduce Medical Errors, and Support a Greener Environment?

As a replacement for the error-prone bedside act of drawing up medication from a glass vial, RTA syringe technology provides a prefilled polymer syringe that has a color-coded plunger, is prelabeled, and boasts an impressive shelf life. The time savings in providing busy clinicians with equipment requiring no preparation is self-evident.

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Improving Patient Experience and Disparate Tech

Healthcare organizations and providers have made significant investments toward patient-oriented care in recent years. But with the adoption of many new technologies comes unintended results. While integrating patient engagement capabilities was a high priority for 55% of survey participants, 84% did not think any existing platform could easily achieve this.

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Improving Access to Ultrasound at the Point of Care

With more user-friendly technology that leverages artificial intelligence (AI), caregivers across departments—from emergency care to cardiology to primary care—could use ultrasound to quickly diagnose and treat patients suffering from a plethora of conditions. In fact, they’d be able to use it wherever the point of care happens to be, whether that’s in a hospital, in a clinic, or at a patient’s home.

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Overcoming Patient Sitter Shortages Through Alternate Staffing Models

This is a common story for many patients who are either admitted to the hospital or have their hospital stay extended due to a preventable event. A proven solution is to use either in-person sitters or telesitter technology to provide 24-hour observation of patients at risk for harm events such as falls, wandering, elopements, or pulling out IV tubes.  

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Monitoring TAVR Patients for Improved Outcomes

For patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure is often performed as a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery. This helps shorten a patient’s hospital stay and increases their chances of being discharged home. As TAVR procedures become more common, hospitals are now leveraging cardiac monitoring devices to monitor for significant arrhythmias post-discharge.

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To Reduce Risk in Value-Based Care, Focus on Care Quality

The key tenet of value-based care is that provider reimbursement is directly connected to care quality. Value-based arrangements stand in sharp contrast to how providers are compensated under fee-for-service models, which reward more revenues for more tests and procedures.

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