A National Web Conference on the Role of Health IT to Improve Medication Management

Event Date
September 13, 2018 - 1:00pm–2:30pm EDT

Event Materials:

  • Presentation Slides (PDF, 2.18 MB)
  • Q&A (PDF, 448 KB)


Note: The full description of Dr. Margie Snyder’s project is pending publication in a peer-reviewed journal; her discussion and results will be posted following the journal release.


AHRQ hosted a Web conference to discuss the potential of health IT to improve medication monitoring, adherence, and medication therapy management for patients with complex conditions. Presenters discussed a text messaging system for patients with chronic conditions, the effects of a smart pillbox intervention on patient medication adherence after hospital discharge, and recommendations for clinical decision support used by community pharmacists delivering medication therapy management. 

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this Web conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the benefits and challenges for using reinforcement learning-guided text messaging to impact medication adherence. 
  2. Discuss the evaluation of a smart pillbox used by patients during care transitions. 
  3. Describe the extent to which clinical decision support for community pharmacist-delivered medication therapy management (MTM CDS) aligns with established human factors principles. 
  4. Discuss the usability and usefulness of MTM CDS for community pharmacists. 


Karen Farris, PhD
Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, and Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Jeffrey Schnipper, MD
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Margie Snyder, PharmD
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Network Director, Rx-SafeNet Co-Director, Community Pharmacy Programs, Purdue University


Commander Derrick Wyatt
USPHS Commissioned Corps; Division of Health IT Research Grants Manager in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at AHRQ

Eligible providers were able to earn up to 1.5 CE/CME contact hours for participating in the live webinar. 

If you have questions, please send an email to DigitalHealthcareResearch@ahrq.hhs.gov.