NeedyMeds offers New online video Tool to Educate Patients About Their Medications
GLOUCESTER, Mass. – June 23, 2016 – PRLog – Patients want more information about the medications they take and NeedyMeds has taken a step to meet this need. NeedyMeds, a online leader in helping patients access pharmaceutical assistance programs, is working with VUCA Health, the innovation leader in online medication education, to offer informative videos in both English and Spanish for over 450 drugs. The videos are designed to help consumers better understand their medicines, how to properly take them, and their risks and side-effects.
“With the rise in medical consumerism patients are increasingly demanding more information about medications they take,” said Richard J. Sagall, MD, President of NeedyMeds. “We are working in many ways to meet this demand and the VUCA videos are another step in this process.”
Finding videos is simple – just look up a drug by name and look for the “play” icon. One click and the video appears. Each one-to-two-minute video covers the basic information about the drug including what the drug is used for, potential side-effects and drug interactions, and other warnings.
“Creating a simple, understandable and approachable solution that educates patients continues to be the focus of our work,” said VUCA Health CEO David Medvedeff, PharmD, MBA. “NeedyMeds’ forward-facing initiative is central to our mission of helping patients properly and safely take their medication while continuously moving toward a more robust solution to medication adherence.”
VUCA’s commitment to updating their information and adding new videos fits with NeedyMeds’ goal of helping people become informed and educated partners in their healthcare.
“Patients always benefit from added knowledge,” said NeedyMeds board member Don Maier, MD. “All the board members are pleased to have this information available on the website.”
NeedyMeds is a national nonprofit whose mission is to educate and empower those seeking affordable healthcare. They accomplish this by providing information on healthcare programs, offering direct assistance and facilitating programs. The website (http://www.needymeds.org) is visited by approximately 12,000 people each workday. NeedyMeds’ information is always free, easy to access, and updated regularly. Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration and gathers no identifiable information on site visitors.
About VUCA Health
Based in Lake Mary, Fla., VUCA Health (www.vucahealth.com) provides a gateway to patient engagement that serves as an on-demand extension of pharmacists and other healthcare providers. The company’s MedsOnCue solution leverages advanced mobile, web and on-demand video and communication technologies to deliver trusted patient information that enhances the medication use process. It offers a convenient and cost-effective way for clients to provide on-demand patient medication information and strengthen customer connections with video briefings, web messaging, reminders and alerts and a host of other customizable services that extend and enhance the patient relationship.
Richard J. Sagall, M.D.