As past Technology Editor for Pharmacy Times, a leading pharmacy trade publication, a regular deadline meant writing about numerous aspects of pharmacy information systems. But this interest predated even that stint — an early presentation at the Drug Information Association about one of the earliest — if not the earliest — ambulatory care information system called IATROS developed for the National Center for Health Services R&D.
Recent publications include annual pharmacy technology surveys for the Millenium Media’s Non-Foods Management and DrugStore Management.
In a short piece for Drugstore News, “Tech Support for Medication Adherence,” sobering stats lead the charge:
An oft-cited 1998 report, recently repeated again by the surgeon general in the January/ February 2012 “Public Health Report,” estimated that 125,000 U.S. citizens die each year due to complications related to adherence. Also worrisome is the statistic that one-third to one-half of all patients don’t take medication as prescribed, and according to a 2011 study by Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and CVS, up to one-quarter of these never fill prescriptions at all. Couple that with the fact that the average adult older than 55 years juggles six to eight medications daily, and it becomes clear why lapses in medication use lead to sicker patients.