In both human and financial terms the costs of medication non-adherence is enormous. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of deaths and over 10% of hospitalizations are attributable to medication non-adherence, costing the American healthcare system about $300 billion annually.
The key drivers behind non-adherence are complex and multi-dimensional, including:
- Low health literacy rates
- High cost
- Complexity of treatment
- Fear of medication side effects
- Duration of treatment
- Communication gaps between medical teams and patients
The single largest opportunity for improving medication adherence is effective, individualized patient education. At its heart, the Patient Discovery is designed with a ‘learn by doing’ methodology to ensure that each patient understands, retains and can successfully apply medical instructions.
Accessed securely through a tablet, smartphone or PC, complex medical regimens are broken down into short, easy to understand learning exercises in which the patient is an active participant.
Each patient’s learning journey collects unique data which provides healthcare professionals with real-time insights into their comprehension levels and concerns. Armed with these insights, medical teams are able to intervene with each patient, addressing individual apprehensions or difficulties about taking their medications.