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Life-Saving Ideas on Video of Using Technology to Help Remember to Take Meds

The winner in video contest on using technology to rememer medsSeniors citizens and caregivers may find these simple ideas to be very easy to use and helpful in meeting a challenge many older people face - see video winner

Dec. 10, 2012 – Some very good ideas that could even be lifesavers have been selected winners in a contest seeking ideas on how people can use technology to help them remember to take their medications – a significant problem among senior citizens. The top four entries and the popular choice award all received cash prizes but the real reward will come from helping assure patients take their meds as they should.

 

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The Managing Meds Video Contest was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the National Consumers League-led Script Your Future campaign.

The first-place winner, “Remind Me Again,” highlights how a young man uses simple alarms, mobile phone apps and the Internet to remind him to take his medications. This winner is available below or click here to YouTube.

The winning videos, available for viewing at http://managingmeds.challenge.gov, serve as a challenge for consumers to think about what technology can help them take their meds.

“The winning contest entries revealed that there are many technologies, particularly mobile apps, which help remind people to take their medications. Our hope is that people will watch these videos and be inspired to use technology to take their medications as prescribed to achieve better health,” said Erin Poetter of ONC’s Office of Consumer eHealth.

Adherence in taking medicines is a growing public health issue, for individuals and for the nation’s health care system. Taking medications as directed — the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time — can improve health and quality of life, especially for people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Patients that do not take their medications are at a higher risk of being hospitalized and have a 50-85 percent higher mortality rate than people who follow their drug regimens.

Poor medication adherence costs Americans an estimated $290 billion per year. The Congressional Budget Office reports that a one percent increase in the number of prescriptions filled by Medicare beneficiaries will result in a roughly .2 percent decrease in Medicare spending

Other studies show that many people do not fill their prescriptions , stop taking their medications earlier than directed , or do not follow the instructions— taking less than directed, splitting pills, or skipping doses. Fortunately, technology can help people to manage their medications.

“Patients often have understandable reasons for not taking their medicine as directed, from complex instructions for multiple medications to simply forgetting in the midst of life’s many demands. Technology, like phone apps or text reminders, can help,” said Sally Greenberg, executive director of National Consumers League.

For more information on the Managing Meds Video Contest and winning videos, visit http://managingmeds.challenge.gov.  Also follow @ONC_HealthIT on Twitter or use #ManageMeds to join the conversation.

>> To see what other ONC Health IT Video contests are live today, visit www.challenge.gov.

>> To learn more about health information technology (health IT) watch this video: www.healthit.gov/4uvideo.

>> To learn more about Script Your Future visit www.scriptyourfuture.org.

 

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