Android version of iMIMS in development

MIMS is developing a version of its iMIMS app for Android smartphones and tablets and has also added the ability to purchase and renew the medicines information platform from directly within the app.

MIMS has recently moved the app from its previous UBM Medica Apple developer account following the sale of UBM Medica Data Services, of which MIMS Australia is a part, to Electra Partners in April.

MIMS announced in its winter 2013 newsletter that it was soon to release version 1.3.0 of the app, which will include some minor bug fixes and some improvements in the handling of special text characters for medicines and information containing superscript and subscript characters.

The major new feature is the ability for independent subscribers to purchase and renew iMIMS from directly within the app using Apple’s In-App Purchasing mechanism.

“This feature has been a popular request from our users and will make the iMIMS purchasing experience simpler by allowing you to tap a simple button, enter your Apple password, and Apple will take care of the billing and invoicing through your Apple iTunes account,” the company said.

“There is no need for you to go to the MIMS or iMIMS website and enter your credit card details anymore.”

MIMS has also added the add-on Pill Identifier module to the cost of the overall subscription, saying most users have opted to purchase the module anyway. The new price of iMIMS with the Pill ID included will be $179.99.

Institutional and enterprise users of the app will not be affected, as the subscription is generally paid for by the employer.

While it did not provide a definite date, the company said it was planning to release iMIMS for Android smartphones and tablets.

IMIMS, which was released in March 2011 specifically for the iPhone, can also be used on the iPad and iPod Touch. It includes MIMS' Drug Interactions, which enables users check for drug-drug and drug to herb/complementary interactions, and the Pill ID module, which includes over 2400 pill images that are searchable by shape, colour and therapeutic class.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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