Support for Medication Safety and Compliance in Smart Home Environments

Support for Medication Safety and Compliance in Smart Home Environments

José M. Reyes Álamo (Iowa State University, USA), Hen-I Yang (Iowa State University, USA Iowa State University, USA), Ryan Babbitt (Iowa State University, USA) and Johnny Wong (Iowa State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch133
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The rapid pace of new medications introduced to the market and the trend of modern healthcare towards specialization complicates doctors’ prescribing process and patients’ management of medications, resulting in an increase in the likelihood of unsafe prescriptions. The severity of this problem is magnified when patients require multiple medications or have cognitive impairments. The Medicine Information Support System (MISS) is designed to integrate related information systems from doctor offices, pharmacies and patients’ smart homes with a universal database of medication conflicts to enable safety checks for adverse reactions among prescribed medications. MISS enhances the quality of patients’ healthcare by monitoring and promoting the compliance of patients’ medication intake. It also ensures patients’ medical records remain private by following the privacy guidelines and regulations such as the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) law in the United States.

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