Medicines app can email meds list to healthcare providers

NPS MedicineWise has launched a new app for Android and iOS that can be used to store or email a list of medications and to record medical test data.

Called MedicineList+, the app can also handle multiple user profiles so parents and carers of older family members can keep track of more than one person’s medicines list.

Users can also scan in the barcode of their prescription drugs straight into the app, as well as setting reminders to take their next dose.

NPS first launched a MedicinesList app in 2011 but it was restricted to the iPhone. The MedicineList+ app is completely new, has more functionality and can work on Android as well as iOS devices, the organisation said.

Clinical advisor Philippa Binns said NPS wanted to encourage healthcare professionals to recommend the app to their patients, especially those who use three or more prescription, OTC or complementary medicines every day.

Dr Binns said a survey last year had shown that only 55 per cent of older Australians keep a list of their meds, and 30 per cent had no way of keeping track of them at all.

“The new MedicineList+ app can make it easier for patients to list all the medicines they’re taking, keep the list up to date, and have the information on hand when they visit any health professional,” she said.

“MedicineList+ can also help you to get a fuller picture of what’s happening with your patients’ health outside of your care, and fill the gaps around the medicines you don’t know they are using, especially complementary medicines.

“It could also help your patients to take their medicines every day, for example, through the reminder functionality.”

The MedicineList+ app includes a number of features, including the ability to:

  • Generate a list of medicines which patients can email, print or save for sharing with family members, carers or health professionals
  • Scan the barcode from the medicine’s packaging to enter it straight into the medicines list, or enter details manually
  • Create multiple user profiles, each with personal details
  • Set a reminder for individual medicine doses or for general medicine reminders such as the next due dose of a vaccine
  • Record medical test data such as blood pressure, weight, height and INR, and graph these over time
  • Add free text and notes such as details of health professionals, and create notes and general health reminders including allergies and emergency contacts.

NPS also makes available a paper list that can be ordered for free by healthcare providers, as well as a downloadable PDF version.

The new app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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