RememberItNow! - Disrupting the Way We Live and Work

Alex Bettencourt - October 10, 2011

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We are proud to announce that RememberItNow! has recently been profiled on DailyDisruption.com for being “one of the best way people can take control of their health.”

DailyDisruption.com is a new website for Disrupt TV, a new online program that profiles early stage companies that disrupt the way we live and work.  It airs on the front page of WebMD and in 127 countries around the world on Voice of America.

We were more than flattered to be profiled as a “Disruptor” this past week. See our profile here and share your thoughts! If you would like to share your personal experience with RememberItNow! please let us know be emailing Alex Bettencourt at ABettencourt (at) RememberItNow (dot) com.  Or, share your RememberItNow! feedback through this short survey.

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Improving Medication Adherence with Script Your Future!

Alex Bettencourt - August 22, 2011

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We are very proud to announce our first advocacy partnership with St. Joseph’s School of Pharmacy and Script Your Future. The Script Your Future campaign is led by National Consumers League (NCL) and designed to help you take your medicine as directed. It’s also created to help patients manage health problems such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (more…)

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New Research Reveals Medication Management is Getting Worse

Alex Bettencourt - March 15, 2010

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New studies show that seniors are struggling more than ever with multiple medication usage. MedCo Health Solutions and Kelton Research surveyed over a 1,000 people at age 65 and older, and discovered that more than half (51 percent) took at least five different prescription drugs regularly. Even worse, one out of four took between 10 to 19 pills each day!

No one can really answer why this number is so high, but the shocking news doesn’t stop there. The survey also reported that 57 percent of the group (three out of five seniors), forgot to take their medications completely.

Researchers learned that the more medications a senior took, the more likely they they forgot their doses. For example, 63% reported they forgot their doses if they took five or more medications, compared to the 51% who took less pills.

Managing medications is tough for everyone, and it’s especially hard the more pills you take. The Kelton Research report also revealed 34% (more than one-third) of seniors that took 5 or prescriptions, didn’t feel they educated enough on the side effects of their medicine.

Thirty-five percent couldn’t even name all the medications they took. Don’t fall under this category and take control of your health, or your loved one’s health by reading the following tips:

*  Eleven Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Medication

*  Four Quick Tips for Buying Your Medication Online

*  Tips on Becoming an Empowered Patient

*  Four Great Places To Research Your Medication

Hopefully managing your medication will be easier after reading these suggestions. Remember, it’s always helpful to set up medication reminders, whether it’s by alarm, text-message, or more, the solutions are out there and we are always here to help.

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A Funny Medication Mishap

Alex Bettencourt - August 20, 2009

Usually medication mishaps aren’t very comical, but we found some amusement in this one.  Watch this quick video on this baby boomer’s mistake.

Hey this could happen to anyone right? Well… almost anyone. If you have trouble reading your prescription label, we have some tips for that too, “When You Can’t See Your Medication Label”.

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Medication Non-Compliance: The Costs are Too High

Deborah Leader, RN, BSN, PH - August 4, 2009

As a nurse, I see many patients admitted to the hospital as a result of not taking their medications correctly. Whether a patient discontinues it because he or she feels better, they skip a dose,  run out of their prescription, or simply forget to take it; the consequences related to medication non-compliance are serious and sometimes even fatal.

The FDA estimates that over 50% of patients with chronic illnesses, who take medications, don’t use them correctly. This is extremely dangerous, especially for those with illnesses kept under control through their medication. Medication misuse is also expensive, costing Americans an estimated $76 billion a year in out-of-pocket expenses!

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4 Quick Tips for Buying Medications Online

Alex Bettencourt - July 3, 2009

Have you ever thought about buying your prescription online, and then became quickly overwhelmed? You may not be surprised to know there are over 25,600,000 sites online pharmacies. Many of these sites are legitimate pharmacies, but it only takes one fraudulent or disreputable site to make a mistake that will produce serious consequences. How do you tell the difference?

The Food and Drug Administration recommends the following safety tips for consumers making online purchases of medication:

1. Make sure the site requires a prescription.

Have you ever walked into your local pharmacy to purchase a medication without a prescription? Legitimate pharmacies would laugh you right out of the store. Buying online is no different. If the site you are buying from says you don’t need a prescription, run in the other direction and find one that does.

2. Make sure a pharmacist is available.

Every time I go into the pharmacy, I have to sign a waiver stating that I wish to decline the medication consultation with the pharmacist. A legitimate, online pharmacy should have a licensed pharmacist on staff to assist you with any questions you may have.

3. Only purchase from licensed, U.S. pharmacies.

Because regulations vary from country to country, buy only from licensed pharmacies within the United States. Contact the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy for more information about licensing and its unique certification program for online pharmacies.

4. Be mindful of personal information.

Use extreme caution when giving out personal information like credit card numbers over the Internet. Check with the pharmacy first, to make sure your information will be protected.

With medication-related deaths on the rise, every consumer should use great caution when purchasing their prescriptions over the Internet.  Following a few, simple steps can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your health.

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Daily Activities are Critical to Personal Health Records

Pamela Swingley - June 27, 2009

A recent report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reveals the importance of recording data on the daily lives of patients — such as sleep, diet, excercise, mood and medication compliance. This data, which the report calls Observations of Daily Living (ODL), gives both clinicians and patients a fuller picture of their health and help them to make everyday health decisions.

The value of recording a patient’s daily activities is not new. When my 97-year-old grandmother became ill her caregivers recorded her daily activities in a journal that was kept on the kitchen table. We could see how much Grandma slept, what she ate, if she had any exercise, when she had her medications, and if she was having a 1 or 5-star day.

My grandmother’s simple health journal was the model for the journal and wellness charts within RememberItNow! Notes can quickly be recorded throughout the day by either the patient or the caregiver.

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We’ve used Grandma’s star system too. Patients or caregivers record how they are feeling using the five-star system. When charted, this data reveals wellness trends.

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Grandma’s kitchen was the central coordination point for her care. We’d come for a visit, and have a look at the journal to see how she was feeling. For many families today, the Internet has replaced the family kitchen as a means to stay in touch. Through the private care community on RememberItNow! family and friends anywhere in the world, can stop in and see how the patient is doing.

Recording daily activities has always been important to understanding a patient’s health. Today’s technology simply formalizes the process.

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Fighting Cancer

Harleena Singh - June 22, 2009

I can associate my mother with just two words- ‘fighting cancer’. Never have I seen such a brave and courageous lady as her. Even though she knew she had cancer, she never revealed a single frown. She simply lay there bearing her pain with utmost strength, never complaining and simply giving us strength.

After we discovered she was diagnosed with lung cancer, we did all we could, just as all loving families do. My father picked up Reiki (a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing), so he could comfort my mother’s pain. We all managed to throw in our efforts- prayed, went to religious places, tried herbal medicines etc, but like they say- it was destiny. However, the question that we all asked the Almighty was - why her? Why do bad things happen to good people? After a few days we realized, that perhaps our God fell short of good people and needed them up above. That being the reason he called my mother there. (more…)

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