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How mobile apps can help your patients with medication intake?

How mobile apps can help your patients with medication intake?


For a healthcare provider, developing a prescription app involves greater control over patients’ medicine supervision and, therefore, allowing better, safer care. In this blog, we list six characteristics that can all be a component of one multifunctional medication app and describe why involving this kind of an employee health app in treatment can be useful.

Medication program

Digital scheduling of medicine consumption should be the core focus of good employee health mobile app. Additional features become a lot more helpful and beneficial to use when the employee can access the data from the app.

For security, the initial prescription plan should be created by a medical officer. Then, it can be shared with an employee’s mobile device while continuing easy to edit for a doctor. This way, medical officers and employees will always be on the same page. Also, after in-person or e-visit an employee needs a medicine dose adjustment, they can contact their medical officer and have their prescription plan evaluated and updated.

Medicine reminder

Unlike an employee who takes one or two types of tablets, an employee with a more intense medication plan can have problems learning what medicines they should take at what time. Such employees will benefit from reminders with notifications that show the name of the medicines and their dosage. An image of what a necessary tablet looks like can be displayed, too. This way, even an employee with a neurodegenerative disease won’t make an error.

Notifications can tell the user not only about medicine intake but also about the need to restock the medicines. For this feature to work, an employee needs to regularly take a record of the dosage and the number of tablets they have purchased and input this data into their mobile medication plan. Then the application algorithm will determine the date by when the medicine stock will be exhausted and will warn an employee about it.

Drug communication controller

Another innovation that can help an employee with medicine intake is a drug communication controller. Being a component of a multifunctional medication app, the communication checking algorithm can always work in the background. After a medical officer or an employee adds a new drug to the present list in the medication schedule, the communication controller automatically runs a test and shows a notification in case the new entry is inappropriate with the medicine that is previously in the plan. Moreover, an employee can configure their requirements, such as diseases or pregnancy, and have the app check condition-drug communication of every prescription entry that was added to their plan.

Medicine revision

Making medicine revisions available via an employee mobile app means saving the time of both an employee and a medical officer. After getting an automated reminder about their medicine expiring, an employee will be assisted to fill in the form for medicine renewal. A doctor will receive the report digitally, reach only in case of some issues regarding their condition, and send them a new prescript via the app as well. An employee can print the prescription out or give it to the pharmacist right on the screen of the phone.

Medicine price/area search

Employee medicine apps that allow searching for the nearest or most affordable drug store with the required medicine in stock are already popular among patients. Yet, when combined with the medication plan feature, the search becomes a lot more convenient.

Medicine identifier

It’s not an uncommon thing to find a pill without a label, a blister with faded information, or a single loose drug in one’s medicine box – and have a vague idea what those pills are. A medicine identifying characteristic can help in this circumstance and will tell an employee what medicines they have.

The two likely ways of executing this functionality change in the development of expenses and ease of use. The more affordable but less useful option is to let an employee manually input medicine features, such as type, size, shape, color. The employee health mobile app then runs a search through its digital database and shows a list of medicines with similar properties. Sadly, if there’re multiple alternatives, the only thing an employee can do is to look for the name of the medicines they could have had in their medicine box.

The other choice is more user-friendly but also more costly to execute. Relying on multiple image analysis algorithms, the app will ask to upload a photo of medicine and then will search for a similar photo in its visual database. Here, in case of getting some exceptions, the employee will be able both to look at the medicine name and compare photographs of a suggested medicine with the medicines they have – hence the higher possibilities of accurate classification.

Employee health mobile apps can be multifunctional tools with various features that help employees manage their medicine intake. With a prescription plan at its core, such an app can have other supporting features like reminders, employee health report cards, health trends, health notifications, affiliated hospitals.

Take a look at our Employee Health Mobile App to know more details.

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