- Flaws in the U.S. health-care system revealed during COVID-19 pandemic
- Lack of medication adherence can lead to serious issues, including worsening of disease, possible death and increased costs
- United Medical offers solutions for poor patient-physician communication and inadequate medication knowledge
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed flaws in the U.S. health-care system, including flaws that require patients and caregivers to take a more active and educated role. United Medical Equipment Business Solutions Network (“UME”) provides reliable resources and solutions to help providers work more proficiently, health-care systems work smarter, and patients live healthier lives.
“This pandemic is a watershed moment in American history, one we must seize upon to fix the most glaring problems in our health system. We can’t ignore one health crisis for the sake of another,” wrote American Medical Association CEO and executive VP James L. Madara, MD, in a recent article (https://ibn.fm/ixqFL).
A few of the flaws that Madara points out are unequal treatment based on location, ethnicity, affordability and access to health insurance. He calls for collaboration to disrupt the status quo and create a new, affordable, efficient and accessible system for all. However, he notes, many obstacles interfere with patient care.
Communication and a lack of education around the medicines administered play a large part in failed care plans, dosage errors, no-adherence and readmittance to hospitals. Not every patient has easy access to needed education, which is something UME is working to change.
When patients and their doctors communicate clearly and openly with one another, the better the level and execution of a care plan occurs. When communication is clear, the patient or caregiver better understands the health condition and the treatment options. Proper education around all over-the-counter and prescribed doses is essential to avoid missed, skipped or willfully ignored care plans.
Medication management is an essential part of any treatment plan. When a patient or caregiver understands the purpose, dosage, side effects and other unique qualities of the medications being prescribed, they have a higher success rate of follow through. Aging individuals need caregivers who also have access to this education, whether those caregivers are able to attend doctor appointments or not.
Collaboration between a patient and physician is essential to improve the patient’s health. The physician needs to know all medications being taken, including over-the-counter, herbal and alternatives, because they may interact with what is prescribed. The patient needs to be informed about what they are taking, as well as why and how the medications work.
A lack of adherence can lead to serious problems that include a worsening of disease, possible death and increased costs to both the patient and the overall health-care system. Poor provider-patient communication and inadequate knowledge about a drug are two large barriers in medication adherence (https://ibn.fm/MVVWn). United Medical has developed a solution to address these barriers: a free medication management app available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The free seven-day trial version of the Medication Management app has a medication dictionary with up-to-date information on medications. The dictionary provides an image and description of the physical drug as well as an overview, side effects to look for, interactions with food and other drugs, and more. The app also comes with a pill identifier and converters for weight, temperature, volume, height and dosage. The company’s newest, highly asked for feature — Medication Log-Reminder — allows users to log all their medications in one convenient location and set reminders to take their medications. The app is protected by HIPAA compliance for PHI. Subscriptions are also available that allow the user to access telehealth and additional services for a small monthly fee.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.UnitedMedSolutions.com.
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