What functions does the app have?
Meißner: Patients visit the web application and can directly enter their medications. This enables them to manage their medication plan on their own at home, i.e. they can enter the different medications, dosage, and administration frequency themselves. To do this, patients can either scan the barcode on the package by using a camera or manually enter the “Pharma-Zentral-Nummer or PZN (pharmaceutical central/general number) on the package. He or she can also add additional medications and information using the text field. The medication plan can include medications prescribed by physicians and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs chosen by the patient. All this is essential information that ensures medication safety as part of the patient treatment plan.
The web application retrieves information about the medication from the Avoxa / ABDATA drug database. This ensures that the medication is clearly verified and based on the latest updated information.
What role should the app play in hospital management?
Meißner: The use at hospitals is our first use case where we definitely see optimization potential. We can add value by offering our value-added services in this setting. When patients are admitted to hospitals, administrators first create a list with all medications. This means all medications are manually recorded, which is a time-consuming process. Patients with scheduled and planned admissions can use our web application to prepare this information at their own pace in their own homes prior to their visit. Once the patient is officially admitted, the medication data and history has already been completed and is directly available, allowing the hospital to spend more time to consult with the patient and provide high-quality care and service.
What do patients and hospital facilities need to use the app?
Meißner: Patients only need an internet-enabled device, meaning a tablet, smartphone or PC, and an updated web browser. Patients also need the respective information about their medications. There is no further investment needed on the part of hospitals and doctor’s offices as most of them already have a scanner that can read the 3D barcode of the nationwide medication plan.