Pharmac issues request for pill reminder
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Pharmac, the country’s pharmaceutical management agency, is seeking a technological solution to make sure New Zealanders take their prescribed medicines correctly.
The agency has issued a request for information for “products or services that use technology to support medication adherence for patients,” with the aim of avoiding the adverse health effects of missing a dose.
The solution could include mobile, digital or telecommunications approaches, it says, giving as examples, smartphone apps, text messaging or outbound phone calls, or use of a dedicated device. Pharmac adds that it “does not require information about blister packaging”, though this could be regarded as a “technology” to assist adherence to a medication regime.
The pharmaceutical agency wants to be made aware of any novel approaches to dealing with the challenge of ensuring patients take their medicines. It is particularly interested in “products and services that integrate with other technology, services and databases” Pharmac says, emphasising the usefulness of gaining “information on medication adherence [that can be] shared with the patient’s healthcare team.”
The agency wants practical evidence of success in their use and knowledge of which categories of patient the suggested products and services have helped most in the past.
Responses to the RFI are requested by March 11.
If the agency is not aware of the hundreds of products out there (see the below link), we are in big troubles :).
Posted by Some one. at 15:45:43 on February 13, 2013
What is news here, is which software house will take Pharmac for a ride on this and milk them for a nice 6 figure sum. Can we get the TAB to open a book on this?
Posted by Anonymous at 12:19:59 on February 13, 2013
Posted by Anonymous at 9:50:05 on February 15, 2013
Otherwise, you are left with options such as tagging - which I don't think would be too popular. Even that won't prevent someone taking a pill on an empty stomach that should be taken with a meal.
Posted by White Rabbit at 11:36:48 on February 13, 2013
Posted by Round the Block at 10:29:35 on February 13, 2013