Tailored and Interactive Text Messaging Improves Chronic Condition Medication Refill Adherence in Medicare Patients, New Study Shows

According to the findings of a new three month study, tailored and interactive text messaging are powerful tools when it comes to boosting chronic condition medication refill adherence in Medicare patients.

On Tuesday, mPulse Mobile — a Los Angeles-based mobile health engagement solutions company — announced the results of this first of its kind study conducted with Kaiser Permanente.

Per the data shared, the peer-reviewed study, recently published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth, found a 14 percent higher refill rate for those that received the text message intervention program.

Patient nonadherence affects 50% to 60% of chronically ill patients, and the cost of medication-related hospitalizations is $ 100 billion annually.

Non-adherence is a major concern in the management of chronic conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes where patients may discontinue or interrupt their medication for a variety of reasons.

While text message reminders have been used to improve adherence, no other programs or studies have explored the benefits of tailored and interactive text messages with older populations and at scale.

“The program results far exceed our expectations with 44% refill rate in the text message group as compared to 30% in the non-text group,” said the paper’s corresponding author, Rena Brar Prayaga, Behavioral Data Scientist at mPulse Mobile. “In addition to the difference in refill rates, the 37% response rate by this older Medicare population was higher than expected and patient feedback was very positive with 96% of the patients indicating that the solution was easy to use.”

The full study, “Improving Refill Adherence in Medicare Patients with Tailored and Interactive Mobile Text Messaging: Pilot Study” can be found at JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

Due to the success of the pilot study, the mPulse Mobile Medication Adherence program is being expanded to other Kaiser Permanente regions.

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WISeKey discloses new public key infrastructure framework ‘tailored for the IoT’

Security and authentication provider WISeKey has launched WISeKeyIoT, a global scalable framework which offers digital public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates for connected devices.

The certificates are protected in certified tamper resistant silicon chips, as well as an outsourced or on-premises certificate management system, with device life cycle control functions and security enforcement entities. The digital PKI certificates can be signed by the publicly trusted root, owned by OISTE and operated by WISeKey.

The IoT market can prove to be a potential new business segment for WISeKey, as an estimated 50 billion devices are expected to be connected by 2020, while the global population is predicted to grow to 6.8 billion. Therefore, there will be more than 7 devices per person connected to the internet by 2020.

This will result in interchanging of huge and increasing amount of data between connected devices and back-end servers, allowing companies to provide users with new type of exciting applications, which will be designed to offer increased control over the use of resources, improve efficiency in power grids, optimise processing of information in industrial environments, provide better and higher quality healthcare services and personalised experience for shopping or leisure, among others.

In early 2017, the company introduced the VaultIC184 – a security solution for the IoT consisting a tamper proof silicon chip, which is based on an advanced secure microcontroller development, certified to Common Criteria EAL4+/5+ and FIPS 140-2 Level 3, a Sigfox specific Application Programming interface, based on the latest specifications, allows device manufacturers an easy integration of the module, as well as a provisioning service, transferring the burden of device personalisation from the device manufacturing line to WISeKey’s secure Personalisation Centre.

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