Tangible objects are easy to talk about. “Do you like my new car?” “What kind of smartphone do you have?” “This tomato came from my backyard.”
It’s the reason we usually lead with our device when we talk about what we do at Intent Solutions. But the real value of our tad™ device is something not quite so tangible—the data it provides to doctors, researchers, and public health officials.
tad can generate data and present it in a concise dashboard that provides details about what happens to a drug from prescription to end of treatment. It tracks every time the drug is dispensed and by whom (through tad’s fingerprint recognition system), and it dispenses medication only as the prescription requires. It provides a minute-by-minute history of a prescription—all in a user-friendly app on a smartphone or computer.
In hospice care, tad’s data can solve diversion problems
In the case of hospice patients, for example, tad alerts hospice officials of any access attempted by unauthorized individuals. Should a prescription need to be changed or at the time of the patient’s death, tad provides a secure way for caregivers to return the remaining medications to the hospice organization for final accounting and disposal. The data trail tad provides is invaluable in helping the hospice reconcile the remaining medications with what was originally prescribed.
In hospice care, this is a very big deal.
Whenever drug diversion is suspected in hospice care, it often boils down to a contest of wills or veracity between the professional caregivers and the family, and it’s left up to the hospice organization to decide if the drugs have been misused, abused, or diverted to other uses. Not a good position to be in, especially with no precise record of how the drugs were administered after they were picked up or delivered from the pharmacy to the home. tad—and the data it generates—provides that record.
Current methods for preventing diversion—pill counts, lockboxes, limiting each prescription to only a few pills at a time, employee training—are costly and labor-intensive. No matter how carefully they are managed, they are only baby steps in the quest to solve the diversion problem.
In clinical trials, tad makes adherence tracking an exact science
In another important market for Intent Solutions, clinical trials face a different challenge from hospice care. They struggle with accurately tracking whether participants in a clinical trial are taking their drugs as prescribed.
Traditionally, trials have had no effective means of monitoring and managing in near real time the way participants take their medication. Administrators must rely on participant notes or diaries submitted after the study is over, and then the number of participants may need to be expanded to account for uncertainties in adherence rates—increasing costs and slowing time to market.
tad reminds participants when it is time to take their medication, but it goes a step further. It also provides clinical trial administrators with a dashboard that keeps them up to date—in near real time—with a clear view of usage at every step of the trial’s progress. If adherence is a problem, administrators can spot it quickly and explore the contributing issues.
Perhaps the patient has stopped taking their medicine due to side effects. Often, these can be managed, and the patient can get back on track. Some non-adherent patients may need to be removed from the study and replaced with new patients. Doing this sooner rather than later can save money and allows for cleaner study results.
When adherence makes the difference between a cure and continued or worsened disease
tad also provides value for a new generation of advanced treatments requiring strict dosing schedules. Hepatitis C, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for recovering addicts, home-based oncology treatments, and cardiac conditions require precise drug delivery regimens that depend on patient adherence. In such scenarios, tad can bring clear visibility into how individuals are taking medications.
Removing the guesswork
Knowing. That’s the difference Intent Solutions’ data makes. Whatever the environment, we’re removing a lot of the guesswork that—until now—has played a significant role in monitoring and managing prescription drugs. At Intent Solutions, we think tad and the data it provides are far superior to current tracking methods and devices. Sure, data might be intangible, but the results it delivers are real.
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