Can Electronic Reminders for Glaucoma Patients Help Reduce Vision Loss?


The use of electronic health record (EHR)-linked reminder systems for patients is becoming more and more common — but do patients actually find them helpful?

According to a December 2018 study in JAMA Ophthalmology, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes” for patients with glaucoma who receive reminders about their medications.

In the prospective cross-sectional study, a web-based application was linked to a patient portal, allowing glaucoma patients to set up medication reminders. Researchers asked 147 patients to participate, and 100 agreed. Seventy-four percent of the participants reported that they found the reminders useful, while 15 percent found them neutral and 11 percent found them not to be useful.

The study’s authors believe that these reminders may be an effective and affordable way to increase medication adherence in people living with glaucoma, therefore reducing the risk of vision loss.

Sourced from: JAMA Ophthalmology