While treating hospitalized patients, inventor Cheryl Lohman, MD noticed a significant time lapse between patients’ requests for as-needed (PRN) pain medications and the time those medications were administered by a nurse. To add complexity, certain medications, such as those needed for Parkinson’s disease, require administration more often than the current timeframes allowed by the Joint Commission (JCAHO). Because of this, some patients don’t receive medications with optimal timing for their conditions. Dr. Lohman recognized that hospitalized patients are often capable of deciding when they need medication—and successfully self-administering them, often beneath hospital staff’s radar.
Necessity—as the saying goes—is the mother of invention. Enter QwickMeds, the personalized medication dispenser by MedApptic, LLC, intended for use in hospital settings. Blending digital technology with the complexities and organizational behaviors of the healthcare system, QwickMeds:
Gives patients self-administration capabilities for as-needed pain medications while ensuring hospital staff knows about all medication intake—reducing the risk of unsafe dosages and dangerous drug interactions
Boosts patient satisfaction
Improves patient outcomes with timely medication administration
Reduces interruptions for nursing staff
Saves hospitals money by improving staff efficiency and medication dispensing