The HealthCard and Communities: The Need Is Enormous
The phrase, “Medication reconciliation across the continuum of care,” basically means keeping track of the medications a patient is taking. Until recently, this fundamental concept was largely overlooked by health care providers as unnecessary. Acting on a number of studies that underscored the costs and dangers associated with adverse drug events and interactions, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission) began requiring health care organizations to accept responsibility for helping their patients convey their medication list from one doctor to the next in 2006. Nearly identical requirements from the American Osteopathic Society become effective June 1, 2007.
The new prominence of this issue has revealed the significance of the problem of fragmented health care and fragmented health care information technology systems. Across the health care community, medication reconciliation is associated with expensive errors, expensive inefficiency, or both. It is clear that a community-wide solution that is more robust than the pieces of paper currently in use is necessary.
Significant research has quantified the costs associated with lack of medication reconciliation. The white paper includes journal article summaries, shown as references. These costs can be divided into excess expenses attributable to the problem, and excess expenses associated with inefficiencies associated with the problem.
The HealthCard™ and The HealthCard Network are a network of patients and providers who are moving toward safest healthcare together, solving this fundamental problem as the starting point in an incremental approach to creating comprehensive personal health records. Central to our philosophy:
A Personal Health Record is a great idea.
Requiring the patient to enter the information is not.
The benefits of this system include: