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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Your medications — don’t leave the hospital without them. That’s the goal of a new program at Barnes Jewish Hospital hoping to cut down on the number of readmissions by patients.

About 40-percent of patients don’t take their medications once they return home from the hospital and that leads to a lot of people being re-admitted soon after being discharged.

The operations manager for the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish, Rob Portwood, says they’re hoping to turn that around by offering patients their prescriptions, at their bedside — it’s called the Mobile Pharmacy program.

“Our out-patient pharmacy process the order right away and will actually deliver the medication to the patients bedside within sixty minutes,” Portwood said.

“With our Blackberry we’re using a device, a mobile payment app. The patient is able to pay their co-pay right there at their bedside.”

And if you can’t pay, Portwood says special provisions are made.

Nearly 40 percent of patients are now choosing to get their medications before leaving the hospital this way. The program is expected to be available to all patients in Barnes-Jewish Hospital by fall 2013.

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