Popular medication management app Medisafe has added support for Apple’s Health Records service. This means that users can more easily track the medication that they are supposed to be taking, without having to manually enter it into the app.
That’s useful not just for reminder purposes, but also for more easily and accurately tracking dosage and avoiding potentially lethal drug interactions. As a result, it could potentially save lives.
“As the only Health Records app featured in Apple’s launch to developers last June, Medisafe has used the Health Records API to bring consumers a private, easy-to-use solution that both helps them stay on track with their meds and safeguards them against harmful drug interactions,” said Medisafe co-founder and CEO Omri Shor.
Medisafe is the world’s primary consumer medication management platform. Its user base consists of close to 5 million users in more than 150 countries. Considering that around 40 percent of the U.S. population has prescriptions for at least four medications, Apple’s Health Records integration could therefore help a whole lot of people.
Could it save your life?
A press release issued by the company gives the example of one Medisafe app user, who was given strong prescription painkillers for a back problem. When she was prescribed antibiotics by the dentist, the Medisafe app was able to warm her of a potentially dangerous interaction between the drugs. When she alerted the dentist, they immediately changed the meds she was being given.
“We are empowering people to control and manage more of their health information. Putting people’s health into their own hands is our vision at Medisafe, and supporting Health Records is an important step in empowering patients, and creating a major shift in the healthcare arena, that has been long-coming,” Shor said.
The Medisafe app is available to download from the App Store for free, although it does contain optional in-app purchases.