Smartphone Application Reminds Patients to Take Medicines On Time, Says Research

 

A new research study found that smartphone app reminders are more helpful when it comes to taking the pills in comparison to written prescriptions. A lead of the author, Dr. Cristian M. Garmendia, said that they hypothesized that the applicant had increased the adherence by 30%, but its impact was even greater.

Dr. Garmendia said that with the help of a smartphone, patients are getting an alert to take pills on time. Patients can also gain knowledge about why they have been given pills and they can also check their compliance with their doctor. Patients suffering from heart conditions are prescribed pills to prevent attacks. After discharge from the hospital, one in four patients discontinues taking medicines in the first 30 days.

This leads to increased likelihood of relapse that can lead to reoccurrence of hospitalization and premature death. To improve adherence, there is simple and cost-effective strategy followed. This research study has tested the influence of a smartphone apps on treatment compliance. For the patients who were assigned to a smartphone group, hospitals uploaded a prescribed schedule in digital format and an alarm was set at the time to take medicines.

After taking the medicines, patients confirmed it in an application. Doctors checked daily through a digital platform, which is associated to the patient’s smartphone. In the study, the average age of the patients was 63 years and 75% of them were men.  In the digital application group, more people were correctly taking the medicines as compared to those who received standard treatment in 90 days. The study also noted a secondary object to observe how many patients in each group were hospitalized for another cardiac attack or unplanned to a doctor.

The senior author of the study, Dr. Juan Pablo Costabel, said that no differences was found between groups. He added this may be due to a small number of patients or the low rate of events.

He concluded that with the use of a smartphone, adherence to the treatment after a heart attack has increased. This is an easy way to improve compliance at a low cost.

 

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