Thinking Outside the Pill Box to Improve Patient Health
Ohio News Connection Reporting
Some pharmacists in Ohio are thinking outside the pill box and using a whole-health approach to improve patient outcomes.
By integrating medications and pharmacy services, such as patient and provider education, referrals and electronic health-care tracking, Health Partners of Western Ohio has helped to reduce E-R use among high-risk, low-income patients. Jenny Clark is the director of Pharmacy.
Medication management has been an important element of their new philosophy of care. Clark says it’s very common for high-risk patients to be on more than ten medications at a time.
Clark says they've seen great success in their collaboration and hopes other health organizations use the same model to increase the pharmacist’s role in a patient's care.
Clark says other pharmacies and health-care centers can replicate their success by incorporating elements such as consistent staff education, direct patient education by a clinical pharmacist, offering access to affordable medications and coordination of care with other health-care providers.