At a recent pharmacy summit, smartphones were discussed as the next generation of health care. According to Dr. Topol, the chief of innovative medicine at Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif., there are many cellphone apps that are already out and many monitoring and diagnostic options coming soon for tablets, and computers too. These apps and programs include monitoring blood pressure and heart rate, tracking blood sugar, and identifying medications, among other things.
One example of these systems is a new platform called, “eModonline” that will work on smartphones, BlackBerry and the Internet, and it will help patients take their medications safely. As a major health concern relates to patients getting the wrong medications or taking the wrong dose of medication, this new tool will help patients ensure that they are getting the right drugs.
This app will send a reminder to a patient via a cellphone. Then, the app will allow a patient to use the camera function to scan a specific pill or medicine bottle to ensure the patient is taking the right medication, right dosage, and at the right time. Sometimes, patients will be asked a couple of questions by the program about the medicine and side effects to follow-up with patients.
Unfortunately, many people forget to take their medications at the same time every day. Additionally, so many people are taking multiple medications that it can be easy for them to mix-up their drugs. This is why an app like this can be helpful in keeping patients safe.
Because of the usefulness of a smartphone app such as this one, many pharmacists and doctors may start urging patients to monitor their medications with programs like this to ensure they are not receiving or taking the wrong medication or incorrect drug dosage.
Our pharmacy error attorneys are excited about medication monitoring being put into the palms of patients’ hands.