Enter to Win! - Managing Meds Video Challenge

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) invites consumers, patients and healthcare providers to create short videos on how patients and physicians use health IT tools to manage medications effectively or support individuals to take their medications as directed, improving patient health and safety.The contest deadline is Oct. 1, and the top six winners will split $7,000 in prizes. If you are a consumer or patient, you can participate by creating a video demonstrating how you can use technology for medication management. For example, you could describe: •e-prescribing tools your provider uses to send your order directly to the pharmacy so it’s ready when you arrive and to avoid potential medication errors from illegible handwriting on a paper script •electronic tools such as mobile apps that help you keep track of the medications you are taking and when it’s time to take them, or that notify you when it’s time to refill a prescription so you don’t run out of your meds •emailing your provider in between visits to notify them you’ve stopped taking the medication that was prescribed because of side effects •logging on to your provider’s portal and viewing your list of medications on file and sending a request to update the list to reflect which meds you are no longer taking or may have been prescribed by another doctor. If you are a health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse or pharmacist, you can also participate by demonstrating how you use health information technology (health IT), such as e-prescribing and electronic health record systems, to support prescribing patients the right medications and dosage, and to prevent drug-drug interactions. There are serious consequences for patients and their families from not taking medications as prescribed. This is especially the case for people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes for whom not taking medications results in greater risk of hospitalization and 50-85% higher mortality. Taking the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time can alleviate symptoms, delay disease progression and prevent complications.