David Pogue recently reviewed 47 apps that can serve as a pill minder and information source and selected one that clearly outshone the others.
But first, why is this important? This is some information from his article in Yahoo Finance…
- An estimated 187 million Americans (58%) are on at least one prescription drug. (Source: Network for Excellence in Health Innovation [NEIH]).
- 110 million prescriptions a year are never even picked up. (Source: CVS Pharmacies based on 2008 data.)
- Up to 50% of us don’t take our medicines as prescribed (wrong times, wrong amounts, wrong meds), according to NEIH.
- And roughly 125,000 Americans die every year as a result. (Source: Research cited by the then-US surgeon general in 2012.)
They’re dying of what doctors call non-adherence—basically, not following instructions.
Medisafe not only makes it incredibly easy to enter your prescriptions. Has a bunch of videos about how to take them, is HIPAA compliant and secure, but also allows patients to connect with their doctors (Dr. Forster is signed up) so that doctors can help keep track of how things are going taking medications.
And it is all free, and available for download as an iPhone and Android app.
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