Many who suffer from a chronic disease take one or more medications on a regular basis. Not uncommonly, these drugs can interact with each other or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Many patients are under the care of more than one physician and may receive prescription medication from one that may interact with one from another. A new drug monitoring website, eHealthMe, provides an enormous database of drug interactions for these individuals. Company representatives note that a drug monitoring subscription provides immediate notifications on serious drug reactions detected by eHealthMe’s algorithmic data analysis system. There is no charge for a basic subscription.
Subscribers are asked to personalize their personal drug monitoring service by entering their age, gender, medications, and medical conditions. eHealthMe notes that its continuously expanding database currently contains more than 40 million drug outcomes and 45,000 drugs, vitamins, and supplements’ thus, it can provide instant, research-backed alerts on essentially every drug. The website contains extensive data extensive data on side effects and adverse reactions for individuals with a similar background to theirs. It also has a drug comparison feature, which compares side effects for similar drugs. In some cases, a similar drug would be a better alternative than the one the patient is taking. The site prevents information regarding both short- and long-term effects; furthermore, it includes medical research papers on the drugs’ overall effectiveness, effectiveness by condition, and alternative drugs.
The privately-owned company, eHealthMe, is based in Mountain View, California. It notes that its website is a platform to study healthcare data in real world and in real time. The company’s proprietary algorithms continuously analyze FDA and social media data. The results are readily available to healthcare professionals and consumers. The sites goal is to make America’s healthcare system more transparent, safe, and cost effective. The company has worked with top institutions and organizations, including the Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University, IBM, Yahoo!, and the London Health Science Center.