Improved Medication Management With Computerized Medication DispensersBy Lehmann, Julie, BSN, PHN; Hanna, Barbara, BSN, PHN, CCM; Lillibridge, Jennifer, RN, PhD; 2003 International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence, pp. 159-160
Publication Date: May 2004
Paper discusses the Helping Organize Medications for the Elderly (HOME) Program, which is a medication management program designed for older adults and people with disabilities. The HOME program utilizes registered nurses in order to manage clients’ medication regimens through a combination of systems designed for assessment, medication education, case management, and medication delivery systems. Two medication delivery systems were utilized. The first system consisted of a standard plastic medication box, which is referred to as a medi-set. The second application was a computerized medication delivery device. The application was programmed via Internet to deliver medications at pre-determined intervals, and also provided medication reminder prompts when necessary. Preliminary studies have shown that proper use of the HOME Program can yield a decrease in hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and caregiver stress levels. The HOME Program was funded by a Long Term Care Innovation grant from the California Department of Aging.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Successful Aging (RERC-Tech-Aging) (Website:http://www.phhp.ufl.edu/centers/rerc.htm)