Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center Discharge Medication Program Keeps Patients Healthier at Home
DAVENPORT, FL (January 24, 2017) – The transition from hospital to home can be worrisome and stressful for a patient or caregiver. Remembering all the details of a new care plan in addition to a different medication regimen can be overwhelming. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center has teamed with community pharmacy, Medoz Pharmacy of Polk, to help relieve some of the stresses of leaving the hospital by offering discharge medications delivered to patients’ bedside. This program began October 1, 2016 to improve the transition of care and help patients continue a safe recovery at home.
The program provides:
- Bedside delivery of patient prescriptions. All inpatients are eligible to receive bedside delivery of their discharge prescription medications before leaving the hospital or opt-out. Patients who elect to receive this service can also choose to have the discharge medication delivered to their home.
- Patient consultation. A pharmacist or pharmacy technician provides a patient consultation before discharge to understand their medications before they go home and increase compliance with taking prescribed medications.
- At home follow-up call. Medoz Pharmacy calls the patient at home to check in on patient prescriptions and to answer medication-related questions.
Heart of Florida’s goal with the Discharge Medication Program is to help reduce patient readmissions and increase patient satisfaction. Since the start of this program, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center has been able to provide about 750 patients with their discharge medications by using this new service.
“The Medoz Pharmacy Discharge Medication Program gives patients the medications they need to stay on the road to recovery after they leave the hospital” says Uday Desai, pharmacist at Medoz Pharmacy. “We are excited to provide this service to patients and educate them on the importance of the medications they are prescribed.”
“We want our patients at Heart of Florida to get well and stay well,” said Lamar Edwards, Pharmacy Director. “At times, a readmission to the hospital after discharge is the result of lack of adherence to medications.” Patients might not be able to stop and fill a prescription on their way home, might have lingering questions about a change in medications, or might need a medication substitution based on insurance coverage or out-of-pocket costs. This program has the opportunity to resolve any issues or concerns before the patient goes home. “The Discharge Medication Program takes away barriers from a patient receiving the prescriptions they need,” continued Edwards.
By focusing on better ways to help patients transition to home, Heart of Florida and Medoz Pharmacy have created a community-based solution for a healthier, more comfortable home recovery for hospitalized patients. For more information on Medoz Pharmacy, visit www.medozrx.com. For more information on Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, visit www.HeartOfFlorida.com.
About Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, a 193-bed acute care facility located in Davenport, Fla., believes in providing quality, compassionate health care to the communities it serves. Heart of Florida is an accredited hospital by the Joint Commission and an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care. These distinctions mean that Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center puts quality health care front and center. To learn more about inpatient or outpatient services, community education, or to find a physician, call (866) 997-DOCS. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.
About Medoz Pharmacy of Polk Inc.
Working together for a healthier world At Medoz Pharmacy of Polk Inc, we apply science and our various resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the managing patient outcomes, cost containment, development and compounding of health care products. Our portfolio includes medicines and cosmeceuticals as well as many of the veterinary health care products. Every day, Medoz Pharmacy of Polk Inc colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the Central Florida’s premier innovative pharmacy, we collaborate with health care providers and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care. Medoz Pharmacy of Polk Inc has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. For more information, please visit us at www.medozrx.com.