The New England Healthcare Institute has started an initiative aimed at improving patients adherence to their medication.
Research kicks off next month with a roundtable discussion among the stakeholders brought together by the institute for the project. A total of 16 members including patients, payers, providers, caregivers, and pharmaceutical, health information technology and employer representatives will take place in the initiative, said Valerie Fleishman, executive director of the institute. Those members are sponsoring the research; Fleishman declined to say how much the initiative will cost.
The institute will establish work groups out of its participating stakeholders to identify strategies to combat nonadherence, including patient education, dose schedules, packaging and financial incentives. Beginning in October and running into next year, the institute will create demonstration projects to test those strategies. Results are expected within one year after the demonstrations start.
Patients, especially those with chronic conditions, are at a greater risk for hospitalizations and mortality if they dont follow treatment, which drives up healthcare costs, according to the institute. The initiative has enormous opportunity to help keep people out of the emergency department, hospital beds and reduce that cost, Fleishman said.