Pharmacists can help with DM management via telemedicine

April 13, 2018

(HealthDay)—Pharmacist use of telemedicine is a promising vehicle for improving patient management of diabetes, according to an article published in Drug Topics.

Noting that 50 percent of all drug errors involve insulin and that 97 percent of insulin overdoses occur at home, the article discussed issues relating to diabetes management and the potential for telemedicine in .

Pharmacists and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are challenged in their roles to have a positive impact on insulin management. Pharmacists do not have enough information to help patients avoid , while PBMs cannot ensure proper day-to-day dosing. Telemedicine could improve the situation by providing a real-time feedback loop, allowing to track data in real time, helping patients to self-manage their condition and promote patient engagement, and allowing clinical pharmacists to intervene with their patients when necessary. Patients can enter their blood sugar reading and a telemedicine app will tell them how much insulin they need; providing real-time feedback would allow patients to follow the treatment plan and improve ' confidence, thereby improving adherence. Furthermore, having the app and its data available would improve coordination of care and tracking of medications.

"Telemedicine tools can provide a vital resource that enables PBMs and pharmacists to meaningfully impact patient outcomes and costs," according to the article. "These tools provide a mechanism for improving adherence, reducing adverse events, and compiling an accurate and up-to-date medication list."

Explore further: Pharmacists play key roles in cardiac disease management

More information: Abstract/Full Text

Related Stories

Pharmacists play key roles in cardiac disease management

March 9, 2018
(HealthDay)—For patients with cardiac disease, pharmacists in all practice settings have an important role in the management of the chronic disease state, according to a report published in Drug Topics.

Pharmacists play role in cutting hospital-acquired infections

April 10, 2018
(HealthDay)—Pharmacists have been involved in the recent progress made toward reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to an article published in Drug Topics.

Pharmacists report hidden fees that distort prescription costs

July 8, 2016
(HealthDay)—Pharmacists often encounter fees imposed by prescription drug "middlemen" that adversely impact both pharmacies and patients and distort medication costs and reimbursement rates, according to a report from the ...

Telemedicine facilitates diabetes foot ulcer care

December 14, 2017
(HealthDay)—Telemedicine follow-up enables more comprehensive diabetes foot ulcer care, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Telemedicine tied to faster ER care in rural areas

January 19, 2018
(HealthDay)—Telemedicine cuts emergency department door-to-provider time in rural hospitals, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Top three challenges identified for pharmacists in 2018

January 31, 2018
(HealthDay)—The top pharmacy challenges for 2018 are drug affordability, nonadherence, and pharmacist compensation, according to a report published online Jan. 7 in Managed Healthcare Executive.

Recommended for you

People expect their memory to fade as early as their 50s

April 24, 2018
People across the UK expect their memory to worsen in their 50s, according to new research from Heriot-Watt University.

Aging: The natural stress reliever for many women

April 24, 2018
While some research suggests that midlife is a dissatisfying time for women, other studies show that women report feeling less stressed and enjoy a higher quality of life during this period.

Napping and teenage learning

April 24, 2018
Teenagers and sleep. It's certainly a passionate subject for many American parents, and those in China. University of Delaware's Xiaopeng Ji is investigating the relationship between midday-napping behaviors and neurocognitive ...

Craving a cup of joe? What does the research say about coffee and your health?

April 24, 2018
Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, ...

Drinking affects mouth bacteria linked to diseases

April 24, 2018
When compared with nondrinkers, men and women who had one or more alcoholic drinks per day had an overabundance of oral bacteria linked to gum disease, some cancers, and heart disease. By contrast, drinkers had fewer bacteria ...

Vigorous physical activity may be linked to heightened risk of motor neurone disease

April 23, 2018
Vigorous physical activity, either in leisure time or in work, may be linked to a heightened risk of developing motor neurone disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS for short, suggests research published ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.