The recent controversy around hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) initially involved small, uncontrolled trials that seemed to show promise followed by countries acquiring large stockpiles of HCQ and government and media spokespersons and others advocating HCQ for therapy and prophylaxis against Covid-19. A retrospective data analysis of patients at all US Veterans Administration Hospitals did not find a… Read More
Advancing Interoperability: Data Quality Challenges in the Automation of Medication Reconciliation
Best practice medication reconciliation compares medication information from at least 2 different sources to determine what medications a patient is actually taking vs what they should be taking. It is well established that medication reconciliation is critical to successful transitions of care and has been demonstrated to reduce readmissions and improve outcomes. However, automating this process… Read More
Managing Polypharmacy: Key to Predicting and Preventing Hospital Readmissions?
According to a recent Kaiser Health News report, 20% of Medicare patients hospitalized with one of five conditions (heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, chronic lung problems or elective hip or knee replacements) return to the hospital within a month of discharge.1 Medicare penalizes hospitals if they have higher 30-day readmission rates than predicted by a… Read More
Medication Adherence: Starts With The Right Therapeutic Regimen
ActualMeds CEO Patricia Meisner discusses how reducing complexity and risk of medication regimens in older adults is a fundamentally different approach to improving adherence. In order to do this care teams must be aware of a patient’s medication history to guide therapy and interventions at the point of care. Listen to the entire podcast at: http://www.relentlesshealthvalue.com/48