SentiCare, Inc., provider of medication and hospital discharge adherence services, will be showcasing its new FDA approved PillStation, a revolutionary new Telehealth System designed to reduce re-hospitalization, doctor visits and home health care visits, April 29 – May 1 at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2012 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in CA (Booth #345). PillStation uses digital pill tray images and a remote monitoring center to provide customized medication reminders to help patients manage complicated medication regiments.
“Poor medication adherence can lead to debilitating consequences like disease state progression, increased doctor visits, unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency room visits and even death,” stated company co-founder, Yogendra Jain. “With recent healthcare reform and the advent of new models for healthcare delivery, including the establishment of ACOs, Medication Adherence and remote patient monitoring are emerging as some of the most important areas of healthcare innovation,” he added.
Studies show that approximately 29 – 47% of elderly patients with CHF are readmitted within three to six months of discharge and that approximately 125,000 Americans die each year due to Medication Non-Adherence, while almost 60% of the prescription Medication Non-Adherence problems could be prevented. Using proprietary hardware, software and call center protocols, SentiCare’s state-of-the-art technology is uniquely developed to address healthcare issues related to Medication Non-Adherence. These issues, which result in rising cost and risk, especially with patients managing CHF and other chronic conditions, include:
• Forgetting to take medication
• Discontinuing or taking medication prematurely
• Not filling or refilling a prescription
• Taking incorrect medication
• Taking incorrect dosage
• Taking the right medication at the wrong time
• Double dosing to make up for a skipped dose
• Combining medication with inappropriate food or beverage
PillStation trials have achieved adherence levels on multiple medications of approximately 98%, compared to an expected baseline in equivalent patients of 40%. Economic modeling shows that cardiovascular conditions such as CHF are especially likely to benefit from PillStation in terms of both quality and dramatically lowered cost. SentiCare’s new telehealth system offers substantial cost savings, which could result in saving millions of dollars per year, for Hospitals, Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Physician Groups.
Founded in 2008 and located in Hopkinton MA, SentiCare has developed a unique, solution to the serious and costly problem of Medication Non-Adherence. Using proprietary hardware, software and call center protocols, SentiCare works with patients on complicated medication regimens to be sure that patients take the correct medications at the correct time. Proper adherence leads to improved health outcomes, reduced hospitalization, reduced re-admission within 30-90 days after discharge, and significant cost savings for Healthcare and Senior Housing Providers. SentiCare’s approach is unique and targets eight identified attributes that are the root cause of non-adherence. The PillStation product and service are in full production. www.senticare.com