Get Mobile to Save Time and Money

Health care is going mobile more than ever before and BioPlus is meeting this mobile challenge. By the end of this year, the mobile health app marketplace is expected to reach $26 billion as consumers increasingly turn to mobile application solutions to manage healthcare. Both patients and doctors are on-board with mobile health-related apps. A…

Texting For Meds

Could better medication adherence be just a “text away”? According to a new analysis taking a closer look at several previous studies about adherence, when patients receive text reminders about their medication, adherence rates go up. Way up. Looking at medication adherence data from approximately 2,700 patients with chronic diseases, it was found that an…

Staying With the Patient

Medication adherence issues account for a significant portion of avoidable health care costs each year, through drug waste, treatment failure, and medical complications. Identifying ways to improve adherence ripples out positively throughout the health care system – benefiting the patient, payers, and all other key players. The pharmacy model at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy focuses on…

Pharmacists for Patient Safety

Pharmacists are a key component in improving patient safety, according to a new report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This report, called Making Health Care Safer II, serves as a long-awaited update to the first report on this…

Facing the Next Disaster with Better Technology

As Hurricane Sandy made landfall, many hospitals throughout the region faced the difficult decision of whether to care in place for their patients after their generators failed or evacuate patients to other locations. Likewise, some individual households with chronically ill family members faced the same dilemma. The successful evacuation of the 700 patients from Bellevue…

The Future of Medication Adherence, Part 1

Medication adherence results in an extra $290 billion in costs, due to unnecessary hospital admissions, doctor visits, and lab tests, as well as impacting quality of life for patients. BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy always has our eye to ways to improve patient adherence, since better adherence leads to the best possible treatment outcomes for all of…

I’ll Say It Again: Reminders Work

Taking each and every pill at the right time, every time is not as easy as it sounds. Most patients treating a disease find it hard to remember to take their medications completely in accord with the care plan. In fact, forgetfulness is one of the top barriers to compliance, especially for complex or chronic…

Lose the Lecture

Medication adherence is a well-known problem across the board, but the stakes are even higher with the treatment of certain diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis C, and cancer. How a health professional responds to a patient who has compliance gaps can make a big difference, contends M. Barton Laws, Ph.D. from Brown University. He set…

Technology for Better, Safer Care

The United States medical system seems to be spinning its wheels when it comes to patient safety, as Harvard researchers Ashish Jha, M.D. and David Classen, M.D. pointed out a few days ago in their article Getting Moving on Patient Safety: Harnessing Electronic Data for Safer Care in the New England Journal of Medicine.   The…