What if the patients you insure never missed their medications?
Many factors can keep patients from taking their medicines – from vague prescriptions and pharmacy inaccuracy to patient forgetfulness or confusion. All of these problems concern health payers as they juggle the dual goals of promoting patients’ physical health while maintaining their company’s fiscal health. At DayaMed, we have the solution.
Our innovative MedPod is a patient-centered, customized therapeutic device that can change the way medicines are prescribed and dispensed. Designed especially for patients with chronic or acute conditions, the MedPod is enabled by real-time cloud technology to empower and ensure medication adherence – and keep healthcare premiums low.
Meet the MedPod
Ensuring medication adherence can help patients improve their health and help health payers avoid the costs of expensive emergency room visits or hospital stays. The MedPod helps accomplish this by eliminating the factors that may keep patients from taking their prescriptions.
Developed as a therapeutic regimen for all patients with chronic or acute conditions, the MedPod does much more than dispense medications accurately. It uses cellular and cloud technology to connect all the members of the medical ecosystem in real time – family, physicians, the health payer, etc. – uniting them as a team dedicated to the health and well being of the patient.
Keeping a patient on track with their medication regimen can improve their health outcome and keep their condition from worsening. Thus, in a hospital setting, MedPod monitoring to ensure adherence can reduce the likelihood of a patient being readmitted with the same illness. And in a home setting, MedPod monitoring can help a patient avoid going to the hospital in the first place.
How does the MedPod work?
When a physician writes a prescription, DayaMed prepackages and programs the MedPod with a patient’s correct medicine regimen before shipping it via FedEx. The device then keeps the patient’s treatment on track by alerting the patient with a light and sound alert and dispensing the accurate dosage at the appropriate times. Whenever it is time for a patient to take medication, the MedPod will show dosage instructions on a color LCD screen. After dispensing the medicine, an animation will show a picture of the pills being taken and will inform the patient of correct instructions for taking the medication both visually and with audio.
Whenever a dose is missed, the patient is notified audibly, via LED lighting, and graphically on the MedPod’s LCD touchscreen. The patient’s family, physician, pharmacist and insurance payer are all notified as well, via text, email or phone. The DayaMed call center can also notify the patient via the preferred medium, and one of the patient’s medical ecosystem participants can contact the patient through the MedPod, , or on another previously designated phone number.
What’s more, the MedPod functions as an information hub,coordinating and generating data from satellite devices via Bluetooth. These remote devices send monitoring data that includes a patient’s pulse, glucose level, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, and weight – with reminders and instructions for adherence.
Prescription refills in simple self-contained cartridges are also sent via FedEx, and these can be easily loaded into the MedPod by the patient or a caregiver. Because the MedPod uses cellular technology, it is easy to use and does not require any technical expertise, a computer connection, or Wi-Fi access. It is also battery-operated, rechargeable and portable, so the patient can stay connected to their medical ecosystem wherever they go.
Benefits of the DayaMed database
The MedPod raises therapeutic outcomes while seamlessly, dramatically lowering healthcare costs. What’s more, when used with DayaMed’s interactive, real-time cloud database, the MedPod can collect valuable information about patient compliance, and biometrics, and make it available instantly via the web within HIPAA parameters.
DayaMed incorporates a user name and customized pin code on each patient’s ID card to access the cloud database, which displays the patient’s adherence regimen information, physician, insurance, and self-reported medical data. This provides a patient-based EMR that is accessible globally, within HIPAA requirements, to any caregivers in real-time under any conditions – including emergencies. Doctors, hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies can also use blinded, anonymous information to modify and study treatment modes.
How does the MedPod help health insurers?
Many chronic diseases are preventable and treatable, and by increasing patients’ compliance, insurance companies can also keep premiums in check so that healthcare is more affordable to all. Together with DayaMed’s cloud database, the MedPod achieves several objectives that can help keep healthcare costs lower:
· It increases dosage accuracy by simplifying the complicated process of prescribing and dispensing medications.
· It makes doctors more effective by giving real-time insight into their patients’ adherence to treatment.
· It helps patients avoid more expensive, unplanned treatments that may require emergency care, surgeries, lengthy hospital stays or extensive rehabilitation.
· It speeds research into more effective drugs and treatments that improve patient outcomes.
· It allows insurers to monitor patient compliance through the DayaMed cloud database driven by DayaScore (Drug Adherence Yearly Average) empowering the payer to create a value-based insurance design based on the patient’s own actions.
The MedPod technology, integrated seamlessly into the patient’s life, can be a critical tool for achieving our vision of enhanced healthcare for everyone. Not only can the MedPod give patients and their families more peace of mind, but it can also enhance the lines of communication between the patient, the caregiver and the payer to raise the quality of care while lowering the costs.
The Problem Addressed
In America, heart attacks strike 700,000 people each year. Strokes afflict nearly the same number. Combined, that’s enough people to fill New York’s Yankee Stadium…24 times over.
What’s even more alarming is that it will not be the first heart attack for over half. For almost a third, it will not be their first stroke.
But what’s most alarming is that patients don’t prevent it.
Low compliance rates due to various factors dramatically affect America’s physical as well as fiscal health. A solution is needed to maintain continuity of care, eliminate patient confusion or reticence toward their therapeutic regimen and strengthen the communication among physicians, family members and all those who comprise the patient’s medical ecosystem.
Patient Adherence Deficit Epidemic
· 100% Patients Receive a Prescription
· 50 – 70% Go to Pharmacy
· 48 – 66% Come out of Pharmacy
· 25 – 30% Are Taken Properly
· 15 – 20% Are Correctly Refilled as Prescribed
Industry figures derived from 2008 IMS data – Doug Long, IMS Presentation. NCPDP, May 2009.
· Achievable Annual Healthcare Savings Wiring Healthcare – 162 billion
· Maintaing a Healthy Weight – 117 billion
· Quit Smoking – 158 Billion
· Increase Compliance Efforts – 177 billion
· Achieveing Outcome with Drug Therapy – 200 billion
· Eliminating / Controlling Chronic Disease – 1.7 trillion
· Total: 2.514 trillion
Sources: 1RAND Corporation study, 2005. 2U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Statistics Related to Overweight & Obesity.” 3CDC Report “Annual smoking-attributable mortality, years of potential life lost, and economic costs-United States.” 4CDC report “Cigarette Smoking Among Adult.”5Institute for Health and Productivity Management. 6Johnson JS, Bootman JL. AM J Health Syst Pharm. 1997; 54: 554-558. 7DCD report “Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.” 8McKinsey & Company, DCD, CMS.