They Fought for Our Freedom
Medication adherence is important to our heroes, our veterans. Military veterans deserve special treatment due to the sacrifices they made during wars. They fought for our freedom. They kept us safe. Disabled veterans deserve personal attention and the best care, technology enhanced or otherwise that we can possibly give.
Following the end of the Vietnam war (some would argue earlier) the population in general became acutely aware of what some call the “enduring personal cost of conflict” and much pressure has been applied on departments of defense, and on the governments to which they respond, to significantly improve the treatment and care of those that have been disabled. The political and public pressure to provide acceptable services to our veterans is significant. Our moral pressure is overwhelming.
Disability can take many forms however. Traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, chronic depression, hearing loss, breathing disorders, amputations, diseases and other long-term health problems are all on the list. And chronic pain is commonplace. Unfortunately, to achieve and maintain the best quality of life possible and the highest level of functionality and social re-integration, disabled veterans are often prescribed a complex regimen of medications that promise to treat their physical and/or mental conditions.
Medication Adherence and the Disabled Veteran
Medication errors and medication non-adherence is not a new problem. It is well defined and well understood by health care professionals in all sectors. It is a horrendously costly problem both in monetary terms and in quality-of-life terms. Yet the problem persists.
And it’s getting worse as a result of the increasing population of disabled veterans. Additionally, the comorbidity of physical trauma with mental trauma, such as PTSD, is increasingly common. In the case of PTSD, it is widely understood that PTSD often prevents the patient from living a purposeful life and, unfortunately, the effects of PTSD have been proven to worsen over time. Some reports suggest that the number of servicemen and servicewomen that return home with PTSD actually double over time. PTSD most often leads to a sense of being overwhelmed and to a loss of ability to function.
This lack of functionality necessarily brings about the inability to execute Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), including the consumption of medications, and intervention and assistance becomes mandatory.
Enter the RxPense® Hub
RxPense® is a personal medication adherence, dispensing and remote monitoring solution that ensures disabled veterans at home (or elsewhere), take the correct medications on time and notifies caregivers, or pharmacists, psychiatrists, clinicians and physicians, if they miss a dose. It also accurately records and documents the consumption of PRN “as-needed” and OTC medications. It can also capture (though external sensors), monitor and store vitals along with the electronic patient record.
Alerts and notifications include a series of visual, audible and vibration prompts to the patient and email, SMS and Cloud-based recording for physicians, clinicians and caseworkers. This new generation device and online monitoring service features the latest communications and display technologies (android, touch screen tablet, customs apps, multiple interfaces). RxPense® automates the dispensing of weekly multidose blister-packaged medications such as DisPill™, Distrimedic™, Eco-Pill™ and others, though a patented process, and significantly reduces the risk of medication non-adherence.
In addition, the RxPense® Hub features a full set of modern communications technologies specifically targeted for patients, that enable both voice and “videoconference” communication directly from the device. These same technologies will enable “virtual doctors’ visits”, patient interviews and direct observation of the patient. The ability to directly observe a patient, even at a distance, has immeasurable benefits for the physician and clinician, particularly for capturing and understanding facial expressions during an interview.
If you would like to explore RxPense® and how it can help veterans and the VA, please: