An app to monitor your medicine intake

An app to monitor your medicine intake
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HealthSaverz, India’s first patient-centric healthcare company, announced the launch of a mobile app ‘MyHealthSaverz’ on Monday for Android and iOS platforms. As part of managing one’s health, one of the highest frequency health-related tasks is taking one’s medicine on time, typically multiple times a day. It is a given fact that most of us take some medication or the other.

HealthSaverz, India’s first patient-centric healthcare company, announced the launch of a mobile app ‘MyHealthSaverz’ on Monday for Android and iOS platforms. As part of managing one’s health, one of the highest frequency health-related tasks is taking one’s medicine on time, typically multiple times a day. It is a given fact that most of us take some medication or the other.

However, most of us find it difficult to adhere to the schedule of medicines prescribed by our doctors, whether through forgetfulness, procrastination or just being extremely busy. According to the World Health Organisation, the full benefits of medicine in treating health conditions are often not realised because approximately 50 per cent patients do not take their medications as prescribed (non-adherence).

In fact the cost of non-adherence has been estimated at $100 billion to $300 billion annually, including costs from avoidable hospitalisations, nursing home admissions and premature deaths. Ryan Albuquerque, one of the co-founders of HealthSaverz, says, “The need for a medicine reminder service was conceived out of a combination of personal experience, feedback from friends and family and customer discussions.

As we thought about how to work on improving medicine adherence, we asked ourselves - How can we use technology to make this more effective? One of the answers that came up was ‘mHealth’ which is the use of mobile technology to improve health services. We felt this was extremely relevant in India given that we have the second largest mobile phone base in the world and are expected to have the world’s second largest smart phone base by 2016.”

Especially designed for Indian patients, MyHealthSaverz app its subscribers by doling out constant reminders through visual and auditory alerts as to what dose and when to take. It tracks your medicine consumption and suggests refills through free SMS message alerts to caretakers on failure to take a medicine.

It also compiles a score to help you track your medicine adherence that can be sent to one’s doctor. It also has a drug database where patients can access Indian brand names of medicines. The reminders are in 12 different languages viz. English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Urdu, Telugu and Oriya.

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