- A Medication reminder app for patients
PillPack Medication Reminders app for iPhone, Apple Watch Nearly three in four people do not follow doctor’s orders for taking prescription drugs. One in three patients never even fills the prescription. Others forget to pick up their drugs from the pharmacy, skip doses, take their pills at the wrong time or take too much or too little. And even for those who follow recommendations at the start, some eventually stop taking the medication altogether.
Among the factors that influence medication adherence risk are job and home stability. People who have been in a job or home for only a short period of time are at higher risk of not taking their medications correctly. Social support is also a factor. People who live alone or are unmarried are more likely to skip medications or not fill prescriptions.
Age also influences this behavior. Young adults, particularly college students, are at high risk of not following doctor’s orders. So are people over 80. People who don’t own a car are at higher risk than those who do. That finding is surprising given that women, in general, are more likely than men to make regular doctor visits.
Various studies have shown that medication compliance improves when patients are reminded to take medications during visits to the doctor and through nurse phone calls. Technology has advanced and there are simpler solutions to these problems.
PillPack, the mail-order pharmacy that raised $50 million last June, has finally gone mobile, launching its first app, for iOS and Apple Watch. The PillPack app will be available to everyone, not just PillPack customers, and has several novel features for a medication reminder app.
PillPack has launched its Pill Pack – Medication Reminders mobile app for iphone and Apple Watch to eliminate the frustration of remembering to take medication. The app is the first mhealth app of its kind to auto-import a customer’s current medication list regardless of which pharmacy they currently use, and use geo-tracking sensors to create custom reminders based on location, activity or time to more naturally fit with people’s daily routine.
The PillPack Medication Reminders app is designed to excel at one thing: helping people remember to take their medications by leveraging the capabilities of the iPhone and Apple Watch, and making reminders fit their lifestyle rather than the other way around says Elliot Cohen, CTO of PillPack.
Its core functions are typical of reminder apps. To schedule a medication, confirm the dosage and amount, and then create a “pack.” A prompt screen asks, “What’s the first time of day you take medication?” and offers a scrolling window of bubble icons, splashed over a white-and-pale blue gradient backdrop, with timestamps inside. Pick 9 a.m., and you’ve created your morning pack.
The best solution to adherence is simplicity, and the PillPack design tackles this challenge physically with our dispenser and individual pre-sorted packs,” PillPack CEO TJ Parker said in a statement. “Our goal with the app is to further simplify and re-imagine the medication management experience digitally so we can help folks with their medications, whether they’re our customer or not, and regardless of the number of medications they take.
The PillPack Medication Reminders app is designed to excel at one thing: helping people remember to take their medications by leveraging the capabilities of the iPhone and Apple Watch, and making reminders fit their lifestyle rather than the other way around.”