Researchers Study Health IT Utilization in Patient Medicare Adherence

Researchers recently examined the various methods and interventions used to improve patient adherence to cardiovascular medications, according to an article published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

The study examined methods and results from 51 randomized clinical trials published since 1975. Most of the studies included in-person interventions, such as direct and personal message delivery by a trained layperson or medical professional at the site of care or over the phone. Other interventions included mailed, faxed or hand-distributed messages and electronic systems.

Results showed that electronic interventions as well as in-person delivery either by a pharmacist or at hospital discharge were most successful in improving medication adherence. Researchers also suggest emerging healthcare IT solutions and applications, such as short message services text, can improve patient medication adherence.

Read the study about health IT and patient medication adherence.

Read other coverage about healthcare IT solutions and applications:

- Survey: iPad Deployment Increasing Due to Point-of-Care Apps

- 7 Best Practices for Installing Real-Time Location Systems in Your Hospital

- Study: Videoconferencing a Booming IT Solution in Healthcare

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