MediSafe Increases Adherance Rate to over 84% for Patients
Written by Alyssa Clark
Who thought a mobile app could save your life?
Both iOS and Android compatible, MediSafe’s latest free and downloadable application has sky rocketed the adherence rate to an astounding 84.25%, with over 95,000 application visits per month. Why is a simple mobile application so successful? MediSafe is thriving for three main reasons: their mission, their innovation, and their commitment to the customer.
For cellular phones, this MediSafe app has become the lone antidote in the healthcare field, combating the non-compliance epidemic, which luckily, is only a mouse-click or touch away from your smart phone or computer. Comparing the recently reported adherence rate of MediSafe’s 84.25% to the World Health Organization’s average of an adherence rate of 50%, it’s obvious that people are responding to this kind of dedication to personal health and healthier lifestyles.
Working tirelessly to eradicate medical non-compliance, MediSafe empathizes with patients and their family’s best interests in wanting to promote a healthier and safer lifestyle. The creators understand that the battle isn’t as simple as reminding a patient to consume their medication, it’s about totally changing and influence patient behavior. MediSafe’s goal by implementating their new MediSafe application is not only to boost family moral and decrease medicinal non-compliance, but it proves to be cost-effective and user-friendly; as easy as the push of a button.
“Medication adherence is a persistent and elusive problem, interrupting patients’ wellbeing, costing health providers and insurers billions annually and causing preventable deaths,” said MediSafe Project CEO Omri ‘Bob’ Shor in a statement earlier this year. “MediSafe Project’s involvement of patients’ loved ones and caretakers is proving itself a breakthrough in reducing the harm that comes from medication non-adherence.”
Embracing a “no man left behind” mentality, MediSafe’s entire online program is also 100% available via an automated telephone service, for those who do not have or choose not to have smartphones. The automated system works the same way as the smartphone system; it allows for messages to be set as reminders to administer medication, automated calls to those patients missing dosages, the ability to record medication dosages and also access to immediate contact with caregivers and loved ones.
Commitment to Mobile Innovation and Patient Empathy
This virtual cloud-syncing “pillbox” works in multiple ways; from reminding you to take your prescribed medication with visual reminders of what has been taken and what needs to be taken, to refilling prescriptions, to managing others medication, the MediSafe app covers all its bases to ensure family members that their loved ones are being cared for the way that they deserve.
With MediSafe providing families with the peace of mind that their loved one is receiving his or her medication on time, in correct dosages and in a completely user-friendly way is a gift always worth giving. Whether the MediSafe app is used for your spouse’s diabetes medication or a couple managing birth control pills, this application can work for you.
“As innovation leaders solving the hazard of medication non-compliance, MediSafe Project's goal is increasing the power of family & friend support systems to cause positive, healthy outcomes for each other. We are creating eco-systems around patients that support their medication compliance, leading to positive, systemic population health improvements throughout society”, reads MediSafe’s mission statement.
MediSafe highlights the need for attention to detail throughout the healthcare industry, and that patients themselves aren’t merely details on a chart, but people fighting for their lives. Correct dosages at the correct times and fewer skipped administrations, correlate directly to less hospitalizations and an increase in medical compliance and overall health.
The Road to Recovery is Not a Lonely One
Adding the added benefits of reducing costs to multiple avenues of the healthcare industry (policy holders, insurers, HMO’s, and more), this system of regiment reinforcement incorporates family support, thus building morality while simultaneously easing any possible financial burdens. With the end goal of modifying behavior and defeating the non-compliance epidemic, MediSafe is generating positive change.
MediSafe documented the self-reported data, underneath the microscope of analyzing Type 2 Diabetes medications and recorded the following percentages:
· Glucophage – 79% adherence
· Januvia – 82% adherence
· Kombiglyze – 76% adherence
· Metformin – 78% adherence
· Onglyza – 77% adherence
· Sitaglipitin – 80% adherence
MediSafe understands the need for a way to bring families together to create a healthy way of living, and not allow the road to recovery to be a lonely one. For example, if Sue’s husband Bob forgets to take his medication for his Type 2 Diabetes at 10:00am, Sue will receive a notification from the app informing her that he has not taken his prescription, and so on. This way, the app tag-teams in members of the family to work on the recovery process with the patient, ultimately bringing them closer together and ensuring that the patient takes his allotted medication.
“The results from these self-reported adherence rates prove that the combination of a mobile reminder and the support of family/friends works," MediSafe Project CEO Omri "Bob" Shor told eWEEK in an email.
About the Author
Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global
How healthcare can safeguard itself against cyberthreats
One of the most fundamental lessons from the COVID crisis is that health should always be a priority. In a similar fashion to the human body that frequently fights off viruses and foreign invaders that intend to cause it harm, the sector itself is now a prime target for another type of external threat: cyberattacks.
The figures speak for themselves: between December and January this year, hospitals in the UK were at 89% capacity, with 7,000 fewer available beds than there usually are. As the pandemic increased pressure on hospitals, clinics, and research facilities to create a treatment for patients globally, it has left the sector exposed to hackers who, like a virus, have been targeting it relentlessly and evolving their tactics.
From patient records being held ransom, to fake emails claiming to originate from the UN WHO, the NHS, or vaccine centres, through to attacks on the cold supply chain to find out the secret formula of the COVID vaccine, the healthcare industry is facing constant cyberattacks and struggling to cope. This threat is unlikely to go away anytime soon – and as such, the industry needs to take a proactive, preventative stance to stay safe in a dynamic digital world.
The responsive nature of healthcare – particularly of hospitals – means that efficiency is crucial to the industry’s standard operations. To support this, the sector has been embracing technological advancements that can improve the quality of work, enabling staff to meet pressing deadlines, and enhancing patient care. For example, the industry has been digitising records and improving its ways of working through digital means over the past few years.
This shift is critical to offer high quality patient care; yet, it also means the sector has become more dependent on IT, which can come with a risk if cybersecurity processes employed are deemed as inadequate.
Without the correct security measures in place, the desired efficiency gains realised, can be easily lost in a heartbeat. Simply put, an elementary glitch in the system can have a tremendous ripple effect on many areas, from accessing patient records and conducting scans, to maintaining physical security and protecting the intellectual property of experimental treatment development.
To prevent this, healthcare organisations need to ensure they’re considering cybersecurity as part of their overall digital transformation strategy – and setting the right foundations to create a culture where safety goes hand in hand with patient care.
Before implementing cybersecurity process, healthcare organisations need to assess the potential risks they face. Depending on how much confidential data the trust has, where it is stored, who has access to it and via which means, the cybersecurity strategy and associated solutions will change.
It’s fair to say that a medical device start-up where all employees have a corporate-sanctioned laptop and access data via a VPN will have radically different needs to a large hospital with hundreds of frontline workers connecting to the hospital’s Wi-Fi using their personal device.
These requirements will pale by comparison to a global pharmaceutical giant with offices in multiple locations, a large R&D department researching new treatments for complex diseases and a fully integrated supply chain. Considering the existing setup and what the organisations is looking to achieve with its digital transformation strategy will therefore have an immediate impact on the cybersecurity strategy.
Despite this, there are fundamentals that any organisation should implement:
Review and test your back-up policy to ensure it is thorough and sufficient – By checking that the organisation’s back-up is running smoothly, IT teams can limit any risks of disruption in the midst of an incident and of losing data permanently.
In our recent State of Email Security report, we found that six out of ten organisations have been victims of ransomware in 2020. As a result, afflicted organisations have lost an average of six days to downtime. One third of organisations even admitted that they failed to get their data back, despite paying the ransom. In the healthcare industry, this could mean losing valuable patient records or data related to new treatments – two areas the sector cannot afford to be cavalier about.
Conduct due diligence across the organisation’s supply chain – Healthcare organisations should review their ways of working with partners, providers and regulatory institutions they work with in order to prevent any weak link in their cybersecurity chain. Without this due diligence, organisations leave themselves exposed to the risks of third party-led incidents.
Roll out mandatory cybersecurity awareness training - Healthcare organisations shouldn’t neglect the training and awareness of their entire staff – including frontline workers who may not access the corporate network on a regular basis. According to our State of Email Security report, only one fifth of organisations carry out ongoing cyber awareness training.
This suggests it is not widely considered as a fundamental part of most organisations cyber-resilience strategy, despite the fact many employees rely on their organisation’s corporate network to work. By providing systematic training, healthcare organisations can help workers at all levels better understand the current cyberthreats they face, how they could impact their organisation, the role they play in defending the networks, and develop consistent, good cybersecurity hygiene habits to limit the risks of incidents.
Consider a degree of separation – Information and Operational Technology (IT and OT) networks should be separated.
Although mutually supported and reliance on each other, employees shouldn’t be accessing one via the other. This should be complemented by a considered tried and tested contingency and resiliency plan that allows crucial services to function unabated should there be a compromise. Similarly, admin terminals should not have internet access to afford a degree of hardening and protection for these critical accounts.
As the sector becomes a common target for fraudulent and malicious activity, putting cybersecurity at the core of the organisation’s operations is critical. It will help limit the risks of disruption due to cyberattacks, reduce time spent by the cybersecurity team to resolve easily avoidable errors, and ensure that institutions can deliver patient care, safe in the knowledge that their networks are safe.
Fighting future threats
With technology continuing to change the face of healthcare, the surface area and vectors available for attacks by malicious actors is constantly increasing. With the introduction of apps, networked monitoring devices, and a need for communication, the attack vector is ever expanding, a trend that needs to be monitored and secured against.
To prevent any damage to patients, staff, or the organisation they are responsible for, healthcare leaders must put security front and centre of their digital transformation strategy. Only then can the sector harness the full benefits of technology. Doing this should include implementing cybersecurity awareness training to challenge misconceptions around security, encourage conversation, and to ensure employee knowledge of the security basics and threats faced.
This ultimately allows healthcare organisations to do what they do best: provide the highest standard of patient care, safe in the knowledge that their operations, patients, and data are safe.