Prescription Medications

Remotely delivered reminders improve medication taking for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes

August 15, 2018 - 3:45 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- One thing we are learning with the introduction and use of social media and healthcare is the fact that consistent contact with people regarding their personal health issues can have a large impact on having them take a more active role in their own care. 

A new report in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that people with hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, and diabetes were more likely to take their medicine if the pharmacy sent them regular updates on medicine use and timing of the medications. 

People who had this type of counseling, which centered around text messages and labeled pill boxes, reduced the number of visits to emergency departments dramatically. 

We all need reminders, and this is an excellent way to do it.