The path to successful medication management (MM) can be hard if you do not know the questions to ask or the assistive technology (AT) available. We have been helping people at IPAT for many years in the area of medication management and below are some of the questions we ask and the AT solutions that might work. If you are having difficulty with this process for yourself or someone you know, please contact us at 800-895-4728 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out a great medication management success story here.
Before starting a search for a device or app to help with MM, we need to ask questions. These ten are a great start:
There are many different AT solutions that can help medication adherence. The following are some that we have used with our clients and some that we have researched.
These devices are just two of the many different locked medication dispensers on the market. Many devices have a version like the MedReady that will call a service when non-adherence occurs for an additional monthly fee.
The following are several dispensers with alarms.
The Watchminder can not only vibrate to alert you with up to 30 alarms per day, but it provides a personalized message on the face of the watch such as TKE MEDS or INSULIN. I wrote a blog a while back on it here.
The following apps are all FREE and have the capability to provide reminders to take meds, send notifications to others when there is non-compliance, and many more. We will be discussing these further in future blogs.
A Smart Watch can enhance the capabilities of a smart phone. For example many women who keep their phone in their purse and may not hear an alarm go off thus forget to take their medications. A smartwatch connected to a smartphone will vibrate on the person’s wrist when it is time to take their medications or insulin.
The following watches can receive notifications from medication apps or alarms set on the phone. The Pebble and Apple Watch also have apps that can be added to them that work independent of the smartphone. Meaning if the phone is dead, the person would still get a reminder to take their medications. I wrote a blog a few months back regarding the Vivosmart Watch describing its capabilities.
Epill carries a great assortment of reminders and devices.