mHealth based medication management
The identification of all medicinal products used by the patient is one of the pivotal issues that need to be solved in the first place by any medication management system. The intake of prescribed medication presents a challenge, in particular for elderly people and in cases where a variety of medications have to be taken in a complex schedule.
To support patients with this task, an innovative mHealth-concept is needed. The system could use both, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)-tags and barcodes, to identify and document the intake of medications. The multimodal mHealth concept enables easy-to-use medication management. This system shows the potential for targeting the problem of medication management with mHealth methods.
In the future, such a system could be linked to the Electronic Health Record (eMedication) to warn, for example, of possible drug related problems. In combination with a web-service, this mHealth-tool could also be able to give the doctor an overview of the patient’s medication intake in combination with special vital signs. This could be a new way to optimize and adapt the public health service for each single patient.