The Philips Medication Dispensing Service
Monday, February 18, 2013
by: Philips Lifeline

Section: Corporate Partners

Approximately 1 in 10 hospital admissions of seniors is related to medication non-adherence and while a multitude of factors contribute to hospitalizations and readmission improved medication management can help to reduce them. While the issue of non-adherence spans age groups, managing medications can be particularly challenging for those 65 and over. Seniors take more prescription and over the counter medications than any other age group, as they have more chronic conditions. Over half of the individuals in this age group take at least three prescription medications. Approximately one-third take eight or more medications (prescriptions, non-prescriptions, and/or supplements).

For patients, such as seniors with complex regimens and trouble remembering to take medications, self-management or simple pillboxes may not suffice. In fact, in an independent pilot study, researchers found that the group using a pillbox averaged 30% missed doses per month versus less than 3% in the automated dispenser with voice-activated message group. In addition, while those who self-administered had no change in physician visits and a significant increase in number of hospitalizations over the course of the six month study, the automated dispenser group had a decrease in physician visits and in number of hospitalizations

Philips Lifeline offers the Philips Medication Dispensing Service (PMD) a trusted and proven solution that supports independent living and provides peace of mind to patients and their caregivers.

Combining an automated medication dispenser with 24-hour monitoring and proactive caregiver alerts, the Philips Medication Dispensing Service (PMD) falls into the Automated Dispenser category. PMD is one of the most flexible systems on the market, able to support even highly complex medication regimens. The dispenser helps individuals avoid errors that could lead to medical complications or unplanned hospitalizations, while monitoring, proactive caregiver alerts and online reporting facilitate early intervention in the event of a missed dose.

Philips Lifeline understands that when it comes to medication adherence, it’s important to provide solutions that make it easy for subscribers to stay on track. While the technology behind PMD is advanced and can accommodate significant complexity, the system itself is simple and easy to use for subscribers. Caregivers generally organize and load the medications, which the subscriber can subsequently access with the press of a button when prompted at the scheduled times.

VNAA members can easily offer the PMD to their patients. Contact Dawn Fitzgerald at (800) 451-0525 x1211 for more information.
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