Technological Advancements to Promote Adherence

  • Vignesh Ramachandran
  • Abigail Cline
  • Spencer Hawkins
Part of the Updates in Clinical Dermatology book series (UCD)


Non-adherence to prescribed medications costs the United States $100–$290 billion USD annually. There has been significant research and innovation surrounding the use of various health information technologies to improve adherence. Dermatology is a specialty with high rates of non-adherence. In this chapter, we present and discuss some of the technological advancements in medication adherence that can be utilized in dermatology. We outline various clinical interventional studies within the realms of mobile phone-based technology (text message reminders, telecommunications, smartphone applications), electronic health (web-based education, internet-based surveys, teledermatology), physical technologies/devices, and multimodal approaches. Furthermore, we describe emerging concepts within this domain along with highlighting technologies not yet studied in randomized controlled settings. In this fashion, this chapter is intended to inform the clinician about technological advancements to promote adherence and stimulate discussion of this important matter.


Adherence Compliance Technology Mobile health Smartphone E-health Monitoring Interventions Dermatology 


Conflicts of Interest

Mr. Vignesh Ramachandran, Dr. Abigail Cline, and Dr. Hawkins have no conflicts of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vignesh Ramachandran
    • 1
  • Abigail Cline
    • 2
  • Spencer Hawkins
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Dermatology ResearchDepartment of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyWake Forest School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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