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Medication safety with automatic medicine dispensing

Medication safety with automatic medicine dispensing


Automatic medication dispensing for enhanced safety and adherence

The harm caused by medication is common and causes morbidity and mortality globally. The good news is that many of these incidents are preventable [1, 2]. A common reason for medication-related harm is non-adherence to medication therapy. It has been estimated that in the UK alone adverse events due to medication results cost nearly £500 from preventable hospital admissions. [3]

Evondos medicine dispensing service is a solution that can address some of the challenges of medication management for older people. This service provides automated and personalized management of medicines to patients in their homes, using an automated medicine dispensing robot that reminds them when to take their doses. The service also allows healthcare professionals to monitor adherence, as they get an alarm in case the client fails to take the medication on time.

The benefits of this service for older people are many. Firstly, it can reduce the risk of harm from non-adherence, which is a common and serious problem for this population group. Older people often have multiple chronic conditions that require complex and frequent medication regimens [4, 5]. Additionally, older people may have impaired cognitive and physical abilities that affect their ability to manage their medicines safely and effectively [4]. By using Evondos service, people can receive the right medicines at the right time, in the right dose and form, without having to worry about sorting, storing or remembering them. This will improve their safety, health outcomes and quality of life.

Secondly, studies have shown that Evondos service enhances adherence to medicines, which is another major issue for patients with multiple medications. Non-adherence to medicines for chronic disease is prevalent among older people and has negative consequences for their health and healthcare costs [6-9]. Non-adherence can be intentional or unintentional and can be influenced by various factors such as lack of knowledge, motivation, support, affordability, or convenience [9]. Evondos service can address some of these factors by providing clear and timely reminders, feedback, and encouragement to the patients, as well as simplifying their medication routines and reducing the burden of handling multiple medicines. Moreover, the service can facilitate communication and collaboration between the patients and their healthcare providers, who can monitor their adherence and intervene if necessary.

In conclusion, Evondos medicine dispensing service is a valuable innovation that can help older people manage their medicines more safely and effectively. The service can potentially prevent harm from medicines, improve adherence to medicines, and ultimately enhance the health and well-being of older people.

The benefits of the Evondos service have been demonstrated in all Nordic countries (often by municipalities and care organizations themselves. Some have reported a double digit decrease in home care visits, improving their organizational efficiency, with a high level of adherence. [10] Adherence of 99% was demonstrated in a paper by Rantanen et al [11]



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