The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) has funded Wisconsin Literacy for Phase 4 of the Medication Label Project ‘Reducing Medication Errors: Adopting Evidence Based Directions For Use on Prescription Labels’.
This phase of the project will focus on making medication directions easier to understand for patients by increasing the use of the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS) when prescribing medications.
UMS uses standard times such as 'morning', 'noon', 'evening', and 'bedtime' so that patients know exactly when to take their medications.
This change will cause less confusion for patients and has been associated with improved adherence to medication therapy. Through their involvement with Wisconsin Literacy, Epic systems has created a UMS translator feature to make it easier for prescribers to use UMS directions. We will be working with healthcare organizations and prescribers across the state to adopt this evidence-based practice.