This is a paper that is focusing on the factors that Henry’s primary health care provider should consider. The paper also provides a brief description of Henry’s case study to use in the assignment.
The factors that Henry’s primary health care provider should consider
Henry Brown is a 67- year old American living in the rural central United States. He is prescribed multiple medications for hypertension, depression, diabetes mellitus type 2, and a recent bacterial infection. Henry is not alone. In fact, estimates suggest at least 70% of the U.S. aging population is prescribe multiple medications due to the rapid increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases. This presents a major challenge for our healthcare system. Most medications require consistent adherence to the prescribed regimen for them to achieve therapeutic effect.
Yet it is known that adherence rates remain suboptimal across populations and disease states. Because Henry uses a smartphone, his primary healthcare provider might recommend a mobile app called the Medication Tracker to help him manage his complicated medication regimen. Henry’s primary healthcare provider recognizes apps have the potential to address the specific needs of patients in a manner that is timely, cost-effective, informative, and engaging. This app can be configure to deliver automated, personalized messaging to remind Henry to take his medication; can help Henry reinforce good self-management behaviors; can provide education on his chronic disease; and can provide information about his medication, such as black box warnings, side effects and contraindications.
1. Firstly, describe the factors that Henry’s primary health care provider should consider when selecting an app for him.
2. Secondly, identify the features most important to facilitate the primary treatment goals of Henry and his primary provider.
3. Thirdly, describe how Henry should communicate his activities with the app to his primary health care provider.
4. Fourthly, list some risks for Henry associated with using this app.