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Health IT Tools Can Boost Drug Safety

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Electronic health tools could help improve drug adherence and reduce medication errors among elderly populations, according to a report from the Center for Technology and Ageing, as per reports.

Of the three billion U.S. prescriptions issued each year, about 12% are never picked up and about 40% are taken incorrectly, according to the report.

The report cites previous studies that found that improvements in medication administration could help prevent deaths and lower health care costs.

In addition, the report identifies several existing and future technologies that could help improve prescription drug accuracy and adherence. They include: medication kiosks; medication management mobile phone applications; online personal prescription records; “smart” pill bottles; and wireless medication monitoring devices.

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