Medication Management Technology in Alzheimers
Written By: Richard Caro. Last Updated: Jul 6 2019 - 8:59am.
Below is a video of the talks.
The talk is in two parts. In the first part, Dr. Mindy Renfro discusses the clinical aspects of medication management and the problems that arise in managing medication at home for patients with dementia. She talks about Assistive Technology, the stages of Alzheimer's, and the various aspects of medication management that can cause problems.
In the second part, Dr. Caro talks about various existing technology solutions to some aspects of medication management, and identifies some areas of "opportunity". These areas of "opportunity" represent problems to do with medication management that lend themselves to a technical solution, for which as yet a good product has not been created.
Part I: Dr. Renfro
Part II: Dr. Caro
Dr. Caro's talk
In this talk, Dr. Caro describes a chain of important medication management tasks, and discusses technology that exists for each portion of this chain. He also describes the potential for new products and talks about the profound impact these could make if successful.
The sections of this talk include:
- Making sure the older adult gets the "right" prescriptions in the first place;
- Making sure the "right" presrciptions make it home;
- Getting the prescriptions filled correctly at the right time;
- Motivating the person to want to take the correct medication at the correct time;
- Reducing physical and mental obstacles to medication adherence; and
- The importance of some type of feedback loop to reinforce the desired adherence.
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