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Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation Receives Grant from Rural Maryland Council for Telepharmacy Program

The Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation announced that it has received a $40,420 grant from the Rural Maryland Council to fund the community hospital’s Telepharmacy program. The UM Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) Telepharmacy program is a pilot project that will deliver 24/7 medication management services to an estimated 300 patients that live in Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Prince George’s counties. The project will utilize telemedicine to expand the hospital’s capacity to provide high-risk patients with medication counseling when discharged from the hospital, as well as access to a pharmacist during off-peak hours and post-discharge follow-up medication consultations. “Following a medication schedule can be challenging for patients with one or more serious chronic conditions, multiple medications, and significant barriers to care,” said Noel Cervino, President and CEO of UM CRMC. “By using telepharmacy, we can expand the delivery of pharmaceutical care services and increase the number of patients served.” According to recent figures, about 50% of medications for chronic diseases are not taken as prescribed, and 20-30% of prescription medications are never filled. In the U.S., medication noncompliance and adverse events lead to: An estimated 125,000 premature deaths; Over $300B in avoidable healthcare costs; Nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations […]

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