Navigation Links
Geisinger study: Use of digital health records improve health of the elderly

DANVILLE, PA. Use of medications that are linked to increased risk of falls in the elderly can be reduced through careful review of patient files in the Electronic Health Record, new Geisinger research shows.

Psychoactive drugs such as anti-anxiety medicines impact a persons neurochemistry and may predispose elderly patients to falls, which are a major cause of injury and death in the elderly.

Geisinger pharmacists and geriatricians recently reviewed the medication records of several hundred elderly patients using Geisingers advanced, $90 million Electronic Health Record.

After the review, the patients primary care doctor received an e-mail that contained medication recommendations tailored to individual patients.

Elderly patients used fewer psychoactive medications after their cases were reviewed, which has the potential to reduce falls, according to a Geisinger study in the April Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Our research shows the importance of documenting a persons medication lists, Geisinger Director of Internal Medicine and lead study lead author Valerie Weber, MD said. The Electronic Health Record is a great tool for monitoring a persons medication and avoiding usage problems.

Its estimated that 30% of patients over 65 take eight or more medications, which helps fuel healthcare spending. U.S. prescription drug sales topped more than $250 billion in 2007.


Contact: Justin Walden
Geisinger Health System

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Geisinger and Celera to collaborate on liver disease test
2. Geisinger study: PTSD a medical warning sign for long-term health problems
3. Geisinger rheumatologists redesign osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis care
4. Study: Pregnant Women Who Eat More Fish, Including Canned Tuna, Have Smarter Children
5. Study: Dramatic rise in hepatitis C-related deaths in the United States
6. New Study: Pycnogenol(R) Improves Memory in Elderly
7. New Study: Aging Baby Boomers Could Overwhelm U.S. Health Care System by 2017, Unless Decisive Action Is Taken
8. WHI follow-up study: Risks of long-term hormone therapy continue to outweigh benefits
9. Mouse study: Real-time imaging device may improve surgery for congenital colon disease
10. Study: highly involved patients dont always see better health outcomes
11. UC study: New devices less effective in thwarting brain aneurysm recurrence
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/28/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 28, 2015 , ... ... exchange technology and teleradiology services, has added Chris Hafey and Claude Hooton to ... at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 Annual Meeting and continues ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 28, 2015 , ... Pixel ... fully customizable media panels to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Users have full ... more. With the ProPanel: Pulse masking effects, users are sure to get heads to ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... According to an article ... the way that they are handling security in light of the recent terrorist attacks ... in an attempt to stop an attack from reaching U.S. soil. Especially around special ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... PA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... how filthy the toilets were," said an inventor from Hillside, N.J. "Many people ... improved seat cover so that individuals will always be protected from germs." , ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only ... age of 30 (see Table 1-1 ). More than 3.7 billion people under ... simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), according to WHO's first global estimates of HSV-1 infection ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... 27, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... Intrauterine Devices Market 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... In this report, the author the present scenario and ... 2015-2019. To calculate the market size, the report considers ... products: Hormonal IUDs and copper IUDs. The report forecasts ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... India , November 27, ... --> --> ... personal emergency response system (PERS) ... steadily for 5 years with ... region expected to see a ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... North Carolina , 26 november 2015 ... Inc. (AAIPharma/CML) kondigt de geplande investering aan ... uitbreiding van de laboratoria en het mondiale ... . De uitbreiding zal resulteren in extra ... wordt voldaan aan de groeiende behoeften van ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: