Today Truveta announced the addition of new in-depth medication dispense data to help researchers study safety and effectiveness, medication adherence, and adverse events. Medication dispense data helps researchers understand patients’ actual use of medications.
With more than 55% of Americans regularly taking medications, and non-medication adherence affecting nearly 40-50% of those with chronic conditions, the impact is dire. More than 125,000 Americans die each year from medication non-adherence, exceeding the number of deaths from influenza, pneumonia, or car accidents. In fact, medication non-adherence ranks as the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and costs the US health care system nearly $300 billion a year.
Truveta Data includes depth medication dispense data for the nearly 100 million patients represented by Truveta’s health system members, including medication dispense date, quantity, number of days supplied, whether the medication was filled or refilled, and more Truveta Data also includes prescription fill data from specialty pharmacies, which are critical for studying patients with complex medical conditions like cancer, autoimmune conditions, and rare diseases. Specialty pharmacies are equipped to provide complex and often expensive, medications that require special handling, storage, distribution, and patient education. Finally, medication dispense data also captures prescriptions from providers outside of Truveta member health systems, including clinical trials, providing a more comprehensive look at the patient’s therapies.
By bringing these data together with full electronic health records, comprehensive medical claims data, and social drivers of health (SDOH) in Truveta Data, researchers have access to the most complete picture of the de-identified patient journey.
Use of medication dispense data to provide a more complete patient picture
Using the per-patient social drivers of health attributes, researchers can include potential socioeconomic factors, such as ability to pay and access to transportation, to see if those factors play a role in a patient’s access to medication. Understanding adherence allows researchers to more accurately understand which patients are receiving treatment and better understand the relationship of the medication of interest and patient outcomes.
Together, the rich clinical depth of the electronic health record and now medication dispense and specialty pharmacy data — linked with comprehensive claims, social drivers of health, and mortality in Truveta Data — provide the most complete, timely, and clean view of the de-identified patient journey, enabling researchers to study patient care and outcomes on any disease, drug, or device.