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MIS: Reduced Medication Errors, Boosted Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare IT News

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How texting tools boost adherence rates

Researchers see MIS as an ideal means of reducing medication errors and boosting patient engagement through home health monitoring. Indeed, the so-called “patient-centered medication safeguard” could be a valuable tool for providers who deal with the millions of patients who take multiple medications each day to manage conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, COPD, heart disease and diabetes.

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Text and Instant Messaging Show Promise for Use in Home Health

Mobile health medication inquiry systems (MIS) may hold promise for helping to increase patient adherence to medication regimes, reducing errors and better managing chronic conditions. These systems make use of text or instant messages as a means of patient engagement around disease management.

The results of one recent study of 20 chronic kidney disease patients, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, revealed only a 5 percent error rate. In addition, patients reported that they found the application easy to use. Such applications will help to boost the utilization and efficacy of self- and home care.