layout: post title: “The 2 Biggest Misconceptions about MedaCheck” date: 2014-09-15 13:00:00 -0400 categories: medication patient —

It is hard to complain when meeting with potential customers and they’re already informed about MedaCheck…

Although we’re receiving recognition for our innovation, I’ve also started to recognize two misconceptions that exist about MedaCheck. Here are those two ideas, and why they aren’t true.

1. That MedaCheck is only helping seniors to remember and better manage their medication.

We talk a lot at MedaCheck about how we designed a product that is easy enough to use by a senior who has no prior experience using an iPad, or any tablet or smart device. You’ve probably heard us say before how we take pride in that simple and intuitive design, and it’s something that separates us and ensures that patients really can effectively adopt our technology…

It is also true that we are influencing how long this aging population will be able to stay in-home, and live as independently as possible, thanks to the MedaCheck platform. (And oh, by the way, people who are aging want to stay in-home, longer, more than ever right now…)

But just because these two factors are true, it does not mean we are only helping seniors.

More accurately, we are helping anyone who has any number of over-the-counter medication, prescriptions, or even supplements, better manage their medication each day. We see this being an issue in children, teens, young adults, and yes, older adults as well…but it’s also life-changing for cancer and specialty treatment patients, people with memory loss or dementia, or someone who seeks to have greater control in this area of their life.

When disease enters our lives, of course we see our lifestyle change. The process of managing this new health and wellness regimen is better handled with MedaCheck—and this isn’t something that’s necessarily tied to someone’s age.

2. That MedaCheck is only empowering patients.

I get excited talking about MedaCheck because of the way it integrates with a facility, hospital, or with a care center… This is crucial for our technology to be easily adopted, and for it to really see success. I could say the same concept is true for other telehealth delivery services, or even health IT applications in general; they must be able to (as quickly and as easily as possible) integrate with partners if they want any chance at success.

Stepping back and looking at it another way, we also strive to integrate within a given center’s (existing) workflow as much as possible. After all, I believe we are helping the care team deliver better health care across the care continuum, and that’s important to fit into an existing framework in many situations.

It could be a bit of a bold statement, but I think the future of home care health delivery will only continue to empower patients and providers.

By “providers,” I’m talking about physicians, yes, who—as many of our readers are aware—happen to be under pressure to see better outcomes. I also mean specialists, paid and unpaid caregivers, pharmacists, and yes even the insurers—all of these people across the entire care continuum are equipped with a greater ability to impact the behavior and habits of any given person, thanks to services like MedaCheck.

We are truly extending the ability of physicians to better manage their patients. No longer is their only touch point just when a patient is right in front of them. Instead, they can be right in a person’s home, reminding them, “It is time to take your medication, and this is what your taking it for!”

By directly solving the problem for which MedaCheck was designed to solve (medication non-adherence), we are seeing that providers themselves are just as empowered.

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