This is, perhaps, the most valuable and enduring asset in improving medication adherence among heart patients. As time goes on after immediate hospital discharge, patients commonly exhibit less and less adherence with their daily medication routine. Up to 50 percent will discontinue blood pressure medications within six months to a year and less than 40 percent continue statin medications for two years after hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome. It’s imperative that providers offer ongoing comprehensive engagement beyond the traditional office visit that helps them keep medication adherence top of mind, while providing them with valuable resources of patients can avail themselves to make it easier. Mobile text messaging and other telehealth therapeutics have proven to be remarkably effective means of quickly and easily facilitating this engagement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as multiple other sources have pointed to the positive impact text messaging and other digital interventions have had in helping patients improve their medications. These interventions should cover a broad and clinically appropriate range of areas, such as information about potential side effects, importance of proper adherence, lifestyle measures to supplement medications’ benefits, affordability resources, and much more, depending upon each patients’ specific care needs.
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GoMo Health has helped numerous care providers and hospital systems significantly increase medication adherence for many disease states, including heart failure. Most recently, we collaborated with The Heart House to implement our Personal Concierge™ program to help improve adherence and overall treatment outcomes.