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The application is integrated into the EHR to help clinicians reach patients outside the care setting.
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Redox today announced a partnership with First Databank to create interoperable patient medication information through a digital health platform.
The companies hope to enable scalability and accessibility of such information from First Databank’s SMART on FHIR app, Meducation. Meducation, which is a phone and web-based application for patients, is a cloud-based solution that may be integrated into a health system’s electronic health record (EHR) for clinicians to document a patient’s medication regimen and adherence.
“The healthcare industry sees a pattern of wanting tighter integration between EHRs and third-party applications that have the ability and flexibility to extend beyond the four walls of the hospital,” Paige Goodhew, who does product marketing at Redox, told Inside Digital Health™.
Looking at an app like Meducation, which is designed to work with patients and be used outside of the healthcare facility, having data on a patient’s medication adherence allows providers to meet the patient where they are, Goodhew said.
Clinicians can generate and review the data patient’s plug into Meducation at various points within their workflow. The provider can save patient-specific material back into the EHR to ensure relevant documentations are made a part of the patient’s health record and are accessible by patients and caregivers outside of the care setting.
Meducation contains patient-specific instructions, video administration demos, medication regimen checklists and calendars to reduce medication errors and improve adherence.
Patients are often unsure about aspects of their care plan and medications when they leave a healthcare facility, which could lead to serious consequences, said Niko Skievaski, co-founder and president of Redox.
“(First Databank’s) Meducation uniquely addresses this vital patient need and we are thrilled to be part of its success,” he added.
Meducation focuses on making sure instructions received by patients are simplified and easy to understand.
The app makes sure that once data are moved, patients and providers can better understand the meaning of those data, Goodhew said. Where Redox focuses on more technical interoperability, like data exchange, Meducation allows for a better sense of what good data look like.
First Databank is also working with Redox to enable document writeback.
“The healthcare industry usually focuses on interoperability to get information out of the system to communicate provider to provider,” Goodhew said. “But products like Meducation collect information from patients who want to make sure their data get back to the provider who wrote their prescription.”
“Document writeback is not only a nice-to-have, but a must-have,” said Ben Wilson, lead engineer for First Databank’s Meducation app. “Redox’s (application programming interface) is filling an important technical gap to ensure Meducation has the maximum scalability to meet customer needs.”
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