SC Home Rx looks to Innovation for Improved Patient Outcomes
SC Home Rx (SCHRx) is currently in the training phase of implementing its new automated medication dispensing system from Synergy Medical. SynMed Ultra is the company’s top-of-the-line system for dispensing and automating the production of single or multidose blister packaging in a wide variety of configurations customizable to the client.
Medication adherence is a multi-billion-dollar problem in the US. A study published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association found that 26% of hospital readmissions (first 30-60 days) are medication-related, and most are considered preventable.
Blister packs that can organize a patient’s medication by day and time have significantly higher adherence rates in the home and community setting than traditional 90-day supply prescription bottles dispensed by many pharmacies. One recent randomized controlled trial of 200 community patients 65 years or older taking four or more chronic medications showed a 97% adherence rate using blister packs compared to 61.2% adherence using traditional dispensing methods. The added benefit for communities, especially when utilizing a multi medication blister pack configuration, is an up to 75% reduction in time for staff to perform medication passes.
Brodie Wall, Patient Services Director, stated, “SCHRx, through its partnership with South Carolina House Calls (SCHC), continuously looks for innovations to help improve and enhance the services we offer. We are excited about using the Synergy Medical system to deliver a better product to our community partners and the in-home patients we serve. In addition to providing an improved prescription service, SCHRx has multiple pharmacists on staff who provide pharmaceutical consults for patients and providers through The Center for Telehealth.”