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Use Your Phone to Track Your Pills

by Krasna  -  March 19th, 2014

"There's an app for that" became a funny tagline a few years ago, when the world of smartphones was new. Now it's just a commonplace assumption. Have something you need help with? Go see if there's an app" and there probably is.

The other day, I was checking the app that keeps track of my blood pressure, and looking to see how many steps I walked this week, and I got to wondering if there were apps to keep track of your prescriptions and supplements. I don't know about you, but I find it hard to remember what I've taken. Maybe I'm just lucky that none of the things I take are for life-or-death reasons.

So I went to my app store and downloaded a bunch of the highest rated ones to give them a test drive. I was looking for three things:

(a) The app had to be simple for you to set up and change.

(b) It had to have a very clear way to notify you to take your meds, even if you are not connected to the Internet, and then let it know you had done it.

c) It had to be flexible enough to accommodate irregular dosages and schedules.

Most of the apps I tried had many other features as well. I can't claim to be an expert, but here are a few that you might want to consider.

1. Dosecast

This free app fit all my criteria. You pick your meds from a medication database and enter your dosage and schedule. And you can track not only pills, but injections, inhalers, and other delivery systems. It keeps track of your supplies so it can let you know when you need a refill soon, and it records your history to share with your doctor. Have a partner or family member? This app will keep track of two people. Android and iOS/iPhone versions.

2. MedCoach

is a simple, free app that does everything you need to manage your medications, including multiple alarms. It tracks your doctors and pharmacies, and includes "help" and "share" functions. Available for Android and iOS.

3. Pillboxie

is a recent release for iOS only, and it has a visual interface"you pick up an image of your pill and drop it into a pillbox. It also works without an Internet connection, and reminds you when it's time for a dose even if your phone is asleep.

4. CareZone

is a medical tracking app, also for both iOS and Android, that tracks information for all family members. You can use it to manage not only for medications, but other health data, appointments, family member profiles, and other reminders. Family members can send each other messages through the app as well.

These and many other apps are free or available for only a dollar or two, so you can feel free to try out more than one.


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