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Smartphone Apps for Medication Adherence

Figure 1. Process for Selecting a Smart Phone App for Your Patient

Figure 2. Selecting a Free App for the Iphone

Figure 3. Selecting a Free App for the Android


Figure 4. Process for Selecting an Electronic Device for Your Patient


Table 1. Smartphone apps for medication adherence on the Google Android and Apple iOS platforms

Application

Compatibility

Cost

Features

Dosecast

Android

Free

Offers customizable dose amounts and instructions for multiple patients

Allows reminder postponing and "Smart Silencing" feature

Tracks dose history and adherence, provides refill alerts, shares information with provider and pharmacy

Mango Health

iOS

Free

Records timing and dosing for medications and supplements with personal health journal

Offers reminder alerts, including notifications of potential interactions with medications, food, or drink

Allows users to earn points for real-world rewards (e.g., from Target)

MedCoach

Both

Free

Shares medication history and refill times with pharmacist and primary provider

Presents visual reminders (alerts are triggered one time only, not continuously)

Offers immediate access to customer service agents and ability to call 911

MediSafe

Both

Free

Synchronizes information to a “family pillbox”

Shares information with caretakers who can be notified if patient has not checked into the app

Shows daily medication list that can be checked off throughout the day

Medi-Prompt

iOS

$1.99

Offers dynamic scheduling with maximum or minimum daily doses

Works with multiple patients and multiple medications; includes password protection

Offers scheduled or ad-hoc doses, calculated doses, regular intervals, or combinations

MedMory

iOS

Free

Sets visual and audio reminders for individual medications, including as-needed or unscheduled

Tracks medication quantities, refill reminders, and adherence history

Alarm may continue after taking medications; alerts may sound at wrong times

MyMedSchedule

Both

Free

Records pictures and notes for medications with daily reminders

MyMeds

Both

Free

Tracks medication history, allergies, and immunizations for entire family with customizable reminders

Shares information with pharmacist and primary provider and locates nearby pharmacies

Requires registration at www.my-meds.com for use

PillMonitor

iOS

Free

Schedules reminder time, repeat date, and dosage with photos, notes, and history for each medication

Shares medication list and history to primary care provider via e-mail

RxCase Minder

Android

Free

Stores information about multiple patients, caregivers, pharmacists, and primary care providers

Available in Spanish

RxmindMe

iOS

Free

Nine types of alerts that recur until dismissed

Tracks remaining quantity, time to refill, and adherence history with password protection

Exports data and history, saves medication pictures, and accesses FDA medication database

Table 2. Electronic Medication Adherence Tools

Tool

Features

 

 Medication Watch:

  • Discreet (vibration) or sounding alarms available
  • Able to program up to 12 alarms daily
 

 Pill Box Timer:

  • 7X4 detachable pill box
  • Attached timer with up to 4 visual and beeping alarms
  • Missed pill indicator
  • alarm auto-resets at midnight each day
  • able to be mounted on a wall
 

 Pill-bottle Alarm Reminder:

  • Last opened indicator (time stamp and day stamp)
  • Up to 24 daily alarms available
  • Automatic alarm reset at midnight

 

 Pill-dispenser:

  • 29-compartment tray
  • Can dispense up to 6 times daily
  • Early dose feature
  • Alarm/blinking light associated with dispensing times
  • Tamperproof lock
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