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Smart Card Helps Track Outpatient Distress

June 18, 2010 – 3:58 pm

A leader in extending hospital care into the home, Meridian Health is enhancing its home -based services with its agreement to use the Memori card from Stora Enso. The smart card will be used with Meridian’s electronic Health Journal for outpatient pain monitoring. 

Patients will use the diary format card in tandem with their solid dose packaging. Patients press buttons to indicate how they are taking the medication and their levels of distress while and after they take the drug. Doctors can then quickly scan up the information retained in the card at the patient’s next visit.

 Patients don’t have to rely on recall or incomplete notes for documenting their pain levels. “Meridian’s Health Journal including the Memori card is a tool for accurately measuring stress and pain, which enables the doctor to properly diagnose the patient’s condition,” says Ralph Mendoza, sales and marketing manager, Stora Enso.

 A format of Stora’s Pharma DDSi intelligent package, the Memori card was developed by Meridian Health as a quickly deployable solution. Meridian plans to move to a medication package that combines the diary with time-stamping of tablet egress at some point, Mendoza says.

 Designed with conductive traces by Stora, the packaging incorporates a third generation ASIC microchip from Cypak.

 “We decided to work with Cypak because they are focused on development of standards-based technology.  The promise is the creation of a common platform for all packaging and devices used in the home, so they work together and create a seamless experience for the patient,” Mendoza says.

 A non-profit healthcare organization with four hospitals and in-home and community based services serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, Meridian is also a Cypak partner. The companies announced they will jointly develop new technology products and services aimed at improving patient care and clinical outcomes, with an initial focus on medication and pain management, and various chronic conditions.

 And earlier this year, Meridian’s home care services–Meridian At Home– launched MediSuite SM for home-based medication management, with tools including an automated medication dispensing system, phone call reminders, and access to trained nurses.

Dave Vaczek

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