The old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has never been truer – so why aren’t patients eating them!
Studies show 50% of U.S. patients do not take their medicines as prescribed, resulting in over $300 billion annually in direct and indirect costs to the healthcare system and the economy. Non-compliance has been associated with as many as 125,000 deaths per year, 10% of older adult hospital admissions, 40% of admissions to nursing homes, 20% of cases of preventable adverse drug events, and an additional $2,000 a year/patient in medical costs for physician visits.
It is estimated that only 2% of the 347 million people with Diabetes follow the necessary care recommendations set forth by the American Diabetes Association. Asthma adherence rates have been reported as low as 30% and less than 20% of patients take statins as prescribed. What can be done?
According to Amos Adler, founder & president of MEMOTEXT, the leader in mobile health communications, working with hospitals, insurers, and pharmas, these behaviors can change. As a matter of fact, Adler has led initiatives in which patient-centered solutions have had a 30% increase in patient compliance.
MEMOTEXT uses education, coaching, support and a precise mix of technologies and methodologies to bridge the gaps between people’s health and technology.
“Combating the barriers to patient adherence requires a scalable, ROI-focused effective approach,” said Amos Adler who has successfully helped Johns Hopkins University. “By looking at patient behaviors and motivations we can effect change at the patient level.” And this is good new for employers. Here’s why:
Employers will benefit from a healthier workforce with lower overall healthcare costs because patients who adhere to their treatment cost significantly less. The cost savings to payers, health plans and employers are significant as increases in adherence reduce hospitalizations, critical care costs and enhance productivity because it will curb absenteeism and tardiness.
Amos reminds us that with every increase in adherence, there is a reduction in overall healthcare costs despite an increase in drug expenses. Everyone stands to benefit from increased compliance, most of all the patient and those who pay for their care.
In addition to making sure patients take prescribed medicines, MEMOTEXT also helps patients stay on track with physician recommended lifestyle modifications, like preventive care and changes that could drastically improve health outcomes. Non-compliance has enormous impacts on healthcare in both patient quality of life and unnecessary costs to an already overburdened healthcare system.
“Our custom patient communication reminds people they aren’t alone in their healthcare plights to get better,” said Adler. “It is so much easier to take care of yourself when you feel cared for – and that is what mobile healthcare brings to the patient – caring.”
For more info, visit MEMOTEXT to learn more.