Patients undergoing organ transplants face higher risks when it comes to slipping up on their medication. That’s why two pharmacists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital implemented telehealth to improve engagement, according to FierceHealthcare.
Nicholas Jandovitz, PharmD and Demetra Tsapepas, PharmD decided to follow-up with organ transplant patients virtually to reduce the number of ER admissions post-discharge. They partnered with NewYork-Presbyterian’s Innovation Center, utilizing in-house telehealth app NYP OnDemand to schedule virtual visits that help patients stay on track.
Tsapepas referenced the unique engagement needs of organ transplant patients:
One of the interesting things about transplant patients specifically is they are lifelong patients—they require medication to sustain their health and livelihood. This ability to have continuous interactions with them outside of the care environment is important.
According to the article, Jandovitz and Tsapepas have offered follow-ups to 21 patients since launching in January.