CVS Health’s Dr. William Shrank, Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Provider Innovation and Analytics, offers his perspective on the benefits of using data to inform medication adherence improvement strategies.
It’s well documented that patients who take their medications as prescribed have better health outcomes than those who don’t. Despite this, countless Americans don’t stick with their treatment regimens. The result? Thousands of preventable deaths and billions in unnecessary health care costs.
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem. Taking medication is a highly personal experience that each patient approaches differently. The challenge is to pinpoint those patients who are more likely to skip their medications, and take steps to guide them toward their path to better health.
At CVS Health, we use data to help shape our patient care and medication adherence strategies, and our focus is helping patients who are at risk for non-adherence get and stay on track before it’s too late.