Sun Health leverages the latest Phoenix medical research and technology-based tools and services to offer community-based health management initiatives that assist individuals in monitoring and tracking their health care and progress. The Care Transitions and Medication Management programs, two distinct yet complementary community health initiatives, help tackle some of the most common health challenges affecting local residents. By giving residents the resources to better understand, follow and manage their health plans, Sun Health fosters open communication with physicians, hospitals, and other caregivers while promoting better health outcomes.
Since the two programs launched in late 2011, more than 400 residents have created safer, more effective medication management regimens through our Sun Health Medication Management program. By combining the latest Phoenix medical research and tools, the program is able to offer a comprehensive solution for safely and efficiently managing medications including:
- My Medication Profile – a complimentary program allowing individuals to maintain updated medication profiles in a secure online database at www.SunHealthMeds.org. Profiles contain medical histories, emergency contacts and information related to schedules and dosages for current medications.
- My Personal Pharmacist – for a nominal fee, participants can access personalized pharmacist reviews of their medication, including accurate information on both prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements. The reviews help determine potential opportunities for improved safety, enhanced drug efficacy and reduced medication costs.
Additionally, the pilot program called Sun Health Care Transitions has shown great promise. Care Transitions nurses visit patients in their homes at no cost and offer services such as: reconciling patient medication regimens, educating them on their condition and potential “red flags,” ensuring timely physician follow-up care, and helping patients connect with other community resources. Of the 100 patients completing the 30-day program, only four have been re-admitted to the hospital. That’s a 4% re-admission rate vs. a 20% re-admission rate nationally among Medicare beneficiaries.