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New models of care

22 FEBRUARY, 2018 New models of care Medication compliance Rising cost of pharmaceutical research The Melbourne gathering of HealthXL  The event was held at the Murcock Children's Research Institute, set in the Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road Melbourne....

Statistics indicating major trends

  • Percent of hospital admissions for people over the age of 65 that are estimated to be due to medication errors. 25%
  • Percent of hospital patients found to have a discrepancy between their medical history and reconciled history – Australian study 70%
  • Percent of administration (nursing related) medication errors, when hospital stock (not patients own meds were used) 15%
  • In a study of elderly hospital patients (mean age 80 years) what percent were found to be prescribed inappropriate medications? 55%
  • Approximately what percent of elderly people have been assessed as taking medication that is not clinically unnecessary? 50%
  • Approximately what percent of medication scripts are never even filled? 25%
  • Approximately what percent of medications for chronic disease are not being taken as prescribed? 50%

A brief summary

Major problems to avoid

  • The topic of medication errors covers a very broad field. It include prescribing, dispensing, administering errors by health professionals as well as non compliance by patients.
  • These errors are costing the health industry and patients, billions of dollars every year.
  • As the population rises, and more people take medications to manage chronic conditions, this problem will continue to rise.

Positive things to seek out


  • Despite the daunting numbers of medication errors occuring, stopping these errors would be relatively simple.
  • Integrated software that pulls in patients medication data from a wide range of providers, checks it against an error identification program then alerts a primary care Doctor who knows the patient, then updating records based on the Doctors response, would be easy to set up, from a technical point of view.
  • Automated dispensing of medications would be far more efficient, and free up pharmacists to talk to patients via teleconferencing.
  • Improving patient compliance using smart phone tools like texting, chatbots and AI would be cost effective and make the arduous task of taking daily medications a more pleasant experience.

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