Overall, 20% to 30% of prescriptions are never filled, and about 50% are not continued as prescribed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, how can we prevent positively impact patient's lives by preventing them from coming back to the hospital because of medication non-compliance?
HCS is helping with this problem. In 2012 we began to focus on closing the gap in patient care post-visit. An article published on iHealthBeat.org, outlined the beginnings of our focus on reducing preventable hospital readmissions and ED visits by taking medication reconciliation outside the hospital. Today clinicians can use HCS eMR to identify high risk patients at discharge and determine if they filled their prescriptions after their hospital stay. This enables clinician follow up with patients to increase adherence. Caring for the patient doesn't end at discharge; it's the beginning of the next step in the healing process.
The Hawai’i Pharm2Pharm Project is taking medication reconciliation beyond the hospital visit. Watch this short video about Pharm2Pharm, an innovative Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services project using pharmacists to reduce readmissions and ED visits post discharge. Hawai'i Pharm2Pharm Project uses HCS eMR to help accomplish their goals.