“In the Netherlands 5.6% of all emergency hospitalizations are medication related. More than half of these admissions (19,000) are preventable.” According to the study “Early recognition of medication related problems in the elderly” by Carolien Sino, medication problems can be detected in an early stage and even be prevented with a standard observation checklist. Even more registration work for the care professional? Vitaphone believes that this registration should be less for the professional and can become more for the patient. Provide the patient with the correct tools so he or she can stay healthy.
We agree that the process in getting your medication in the Netherlands is very good, until it reaches the patient. After the medication reached the patients front door there is no support anymore. When the medication reached the patient he or she (or the care professional) is responsible for the medication intake. We are convinced that the patient needs more support at home. If the patient just takes the medication: no worries. But if this is not the case, the patient needs to get support. We trust the PICO in this; our medication adherence support system. The PICO supports the patient when the medication is not taken. In this way the patient can self regulate their medication and get the support from the care professional if needed.