From the Partnership for Healthcare Excellence
Can you name the medications, vitamins, herbals and over-the-counter products you are currently taking? Do you know the dosages and why you’re taking them? A medications list can help you keep track of everything you take so that your doctor, pharmacist or emergency department physician can take better care of you.
Smart Phone Apps
There are several free or low-cost smart phone apps to help keep your medications up-to-date and easily accessible. Search for "medication lists" in your app store or try searching for one of the following:
Smarter, Safer Care Begins with Accurate List of Medications
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and our physician partners are committed to providing you with the safest possible health care experience. We leverage the latest technologies to connect our hospitals, pharmacies, health centers and physician offices through the use of applications such as computerized physician order entry, electronic medical records, bar code scanning for medications and laboratory specimens, patient health care portals, and much, much more.
These technologies give us a comprehensive view of your medical history, but there is a simple tool patients can provide to make it all work even better - a list of your current medications.
Safe care begins when ALL health care providers understand exactly what medications patients are taking. That is difficult to know when patients often receive prescriptions from more than one specialist or take over-the-counter medications, vitamins, alternative meds and herbal therapies.
Every time you are admitted to an SJMHS facility, or see an affiliated physician, someone will ask you about the medications you take. Sometimes, this may seem redundant, even irritating! But it’s the best way to ensure the medication list we have for you is complete, accurate and up to date.
That is why we created the “My Medications” tool to help you develop and keep track of them so that everyone involved in your care has easy access to this information. Please take a moment to download and save the medication list on this web page in either regular size or wallet cards. It is quite possibly the smartest thing a patient can do to ensure a safer and more satisfying health care experience.