- Fact: Four billion prescriptions are dispensed each year.1
- Fact: One of every three patients has difficulty understanding medication instructions.2
- Fact: Nonadherence is associated with adverse outcomes and higher costs of care.3
Improve Medication Adherence and Errors.
Meducation is a time-saving, innovative on-line tool that generates simpler, personalized medication instructions in the patient's preferred language. Patient-specific medication instructions – drug, dose, time of day -- are simplified to 5-8th grade reading level & presented in intuitive formats. Pictograms of time of day and medication techniques convey information unambiguously.
Meducation creates simple, actionable medication calendars that are based on health literacy research to improve medication adherence. Meducation integrated with your existing IT system. The medication list is truly portable and can be accessed and updated by healthcare providers across disparate networks, regardless of which IT systems they use. All content is available in over 20 languages and can be delivered to patients, electronically or printed, without interrupting clinical workflow. All content is then accessible by patients from home via the patient portal.
Funded in part by National Institutes of Health/NIMHD SBIR Grant Program (R44MD001212).
- Health literacy research
- 5-8th grade reading level
- Larger fonts for elderly
- 23 languages
- Video demonstrations
- Patient portal
- Subscription pricing
Simpler Medication Information
Provide simpler visual medication schedule
and easier personalized medication handouts
This is what many patients get at pharmacies
No wonder medication errors are a problem
Uses a visual, research-based health literacy dosing schedule
Larger fonts for elderly and visually impaired
Create easy-to-follow tapered dosing instructions
One in every eleven has difficulty with English language
Currently supports 23 languages
Use at pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and CHCs
VA study showed significant improvements (Publication pending)
VA study subject feedback
Truly portable and updateable. No PHI stored on cloud.
The ability to absolutely customize information for individual patients is something that no other system seems to offer at this time.
With Meducation, both healthcare providers and pharmacists can be confident that patients go home understanding how to take their meds, regardless of what language they speak. Isn't that what it's all about? With our growing multilingual population, Meducation is a "must" for every pharmacy.
Providers who engage and address patient education and adherence to medications will be more successful in the new system of value-driven healthcare. Tools like Meducation will be essential for making sure those patients are meeting your practice's performance goals.
For both our English speaking patients and for those who do not speak English, we view Meducation as one in a series of steps that Costco is taking to provide the very best care to our Pharmacy customers. By increasing patient understanding, we expect to improve overall satisfaction with our pharmacy services.
To improve medication adherence, it is vital that the patient and health care team can access medication management resources in the language and literacy level of the patient and caregivers. Meducation provides a vital service to our community health providers.
1 The Use of Medicines in the United States: Review 2010. IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, 2011.
2 Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Institute of Medicine, 2004.
3 “Thinking Outside The Pillbox: A System-wide Approach to Improving Patient Adherence for Chronic Disease.” NEHI, 2009.