Medication Management systems – Adult children face a difficult decision when choosing an assisted living environment for a parent in need. Finding a community that offers a comfortable, homelike setting, along with one that addresses safety and medical needs is extremely important. Technology advancements have greatly improved the management of both delivered and self-administered medication for seniors.
Electronic Medical Administration Record (eMAR)
Electronic medication administration records (eMAR) is a software program that uses bar coding technology to submit and fill medication prescriptions. The system uses hand-held scanners that read bar codes and utilize Bluetooth wireless technology to transmit drug data to a terminal. The information is relayed to the pharmacy and then connected to nursing stations. With this technology, nursing staff are assured that they have the right patient with the right medication. The eMAR system manages prescription data including medication classification, types, dosages, number of refills and patient refill history. The system also utilizes real-time prescription status tracking.
Electronic Prescribing (e-Scribe)
The technology of e-Scribe is being used more frequently with both physicians and pharmacies in providing improved medication management. This software program uses paperless prescriptions that allow pharmacists to process prescriptions electronically. Using e-Scribe technology makes it possible for pharmacies to effectively monitor patient medication status. With e-Scribe, physicians can also directly enter and change prescriptions as needed, including medication dosage and schedule, without needing to call or fax orders to the pharmacy. The result is a faster response time and reduced errors that are common when paper prescriptions are used.
Automated Dispensing Carts and Cabinets
Another advancement that helps to improve the safety and efficacy of medication administration is the use of both automated dispensing cabinets and carts. Cabinets provide computer-controlled storage, tracking, dispensing and documentation of medication distribution. Carts provide the same medication security features but are also portable to be used by the bedside of patients. Automated dispensing units contain drawers that lock electronically to secure medication, further ensuring patient safety. Along with improving safety, implementing automated dispensing units aids in accountability of medication inventory and supports improved efficiency with billing processes.
Self-Administered Medication Support
For seniors who are able to take their medication independently, there is newer technology to support their continued autonomy in carrying out this important task. In regard to self-administered medication, there are devices such as multi-alarm watches and pill boxes that provide reminder alerts to help seniors take their medication at the correct time. Talking pill bottles are another technological advancement to support self-administration of medication for patients. With these devices, providers can record a message about specific medication instructions. The instructions can be played back as a helpful tool to assist with independent medication management for seniors.
Currently there are many important innovations in technology being utilized to improve medication management for seniors. These useful tools facilitate increased accuracy, efficiency and overall safety of medication management for patients. When families are faced with the decision to seek an assisted living community for seniors, an important consideration is its use of advanced medication management to best ensure resident health and safety.
Telemedicine is a new way of doing healthcare that is taking America by storm. Thousands are starting to flock to it and millions are starting to ask about it. This is a new way of life in regards to getting quick medical assistance at a very affordable rate. Americans do not have to have insurance in order to benefit.
Telemedicine is defined on as “the practice of medicine when the doctor and patient are widely separated using two-way voice and/or visual communication.”
This new way of treating patients is important for many reasons. One is that there are 44 million people in this country that have zero health insurance. It is estimated that over the next 10 years there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors. Neither of the stats sound good and the forecasted primary care doctor shortage is enough to get anyone’s attention.
There are a few 24 hour a day telemedicine companies that offer unlimited access to nationwide medical support teams via phone. The best ones provide patients with immediate access to registered nurses and board certified physicians for all non emergency medical concerns. When appropriate, and with sufficient information, some doctors may prescribe medication 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (Note: Physicians do not prescribe DEA scheduled drugs.)
Some of the telemedicine companies give participants access to a library of audio on 800 health topics including topics like diabetes prevention, weight loss management, nutrition and more.
Even fans of alternative healthcare are looking to participate. A plus side is that one does not have to have health insurance to participate. Telemedicine companies can actually help save both the insured and uninsured time and money on unnecessary emergency room visits and prescriptions. Patients can now have immediate access to qualified medical advice and/or information in order to get peace of mind. The least attractive part about telemedicine is the co-pay which is approx $35 or so and there is a small monthly fee. But in the grand scheme of things one can see how a telemedicine program can save time and money. It also seems that part of the 44 million Americans that don’t have health insurance can now access quality healthcare.
Telemedicine testimonials are piling up fast with success stories. No longer will patients have to leave their homes when they are severely sick to go sit in a waiting room. The time has come where one can make a phone call in order to gain peace of mind, talk to a nurse, consult with a doctor, answer a few questions, and get medication prescribed at a discounted rate all within a three hour period.
To find out what telehealth software is see Chironhealth
So, you are a man in your fifties or maybe sixties. Lately you have been feeling a bit sluggish – not quite your jolly old self. You may have noticed a bit of a fall off in your sex drive, the old libido is not what it used to be and there are some complaints coming at you for your general disinterest in matters sexual. More alarmingly you seem to have developed some erectile dysfunction on top of everything else and this is not altogether relieved by those little blue tablets that your doctor prescribed for you on your last visit. Sound familiar?
You wonder if testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) might help things along a bit. All the research that you have done to date suggests that it might very well. You put this to your life long GP and he looks at you as if you have two heads on you. He is not in favour of testosterone replacement therapy and never was. He hints at some dark vague notion about raised testosterone levels causing prostate cancer. So where do you go from here?
In the first place, if your doctor has some kind of an attitude problem with TRT then there is no point in God’s earthly world of your trying to convince him otherwise. First of all doctors do not like to be told what to do and in any case, these kind of prejudges are usually implacable. But even if that were not the case, treatments given by a reluctant and sceptical practitioner are never going to be satisfactory anyway. Healer and healed need to be at idem.
If you think that you might benefit from testosterone replacement therapy but fine yourself with a non-cooperative doctor, then my advice to you is to start shopping around immediately. Do not waste your time with a reluctant practitioner. If you live in the UK then there is a centre of excellence in London with a terrific website called They will give you all the help and guidance you will need to find a doctor well versed in TRT. Most States in the US will likely have a scattering of such doctors also. So do your research carefully and pick the doctor closest to you because the chances are that you will need to make regular repeat visits to him or her.
Finally this: If the doctor you choose insists that your blood testosterone levels are the final and sole arbitrator in determining whether or not you might benefit from TRT then let this raise your suspicion levels immediately. You may be in the wrong shop. Blood testosterone levels, either free or total are no longer relevant and doctors who say otherwise are simply not up to speed.
If you’re like me, you probably forget sometimes what life was like before we had high-speed internet. Though most of us have only had broadband in your homes for 5 years (10 tops), our lives have been totally transformed, allowing us to manage our social activities (Facebook), finances (online banking), watch TV (Hulu), listen to music (iTunes) and even read books (Kindle) online. But while it’s been well documented that disparities in high-speed access have widened the learning “achievement gap” between high and low income students, a similar type of connectivity gap exists with healthcare access in rural America, and calling it a crisis is no overstatement.
For urban and suburbanites, we take for granted that we almost always have a pool of high-quality doctors and specialists within a few minutes’ drive. Not the case in America’s rural areas, where primary care providers are in very short supply and certain specialists are simply unavailable. Fortunately, the government has plans to help close the gap and bring broadband to rural health care facilities for folks who live in remote areas. This remote healthcare initiative would include diagnostic telehealth services, too.
Under the proposal, the FCC will ensure $400 million to annually pay for 85 percent of infrastructure costs to extend remote healthcare by developing broadband connectivity in rural areas, and 50 percent of the recurring monthly costs for accessing the services. This initiative will help bridge the healthcare divide in so many ways, like enabling patients to email their X-ray images to top radiologists, speak face-to-face with a credentialed psychologist, and address the majority of primary care needs from the privacy of their home.
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