Full service pharmacy provider PillPack has launched its PillPack – Medication Reminders mobile app for iPhone and Apple Watch to eliminate the frustration of remembering to take medication. The app is the first mhealth app of its kind to auto-import a customer’s current medication list regardless of which pharmacy they currently use, and use geo-tracking sensors to create custom reminders based on location, activity or time to more naturally fit with people’s daily routine.
According to research from the CDC, nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population take at least one prescription drug regularly, and nearly 80 percent of Americans miss taking their medication, citing forgetfulness as the most common reason, according to a 2015 study performed by Kelton Global.
“Many apps attempt to provide an all-encompassing healthcare solution but fail to truly improve people’s daily lives,” says Elliot Cohen, CTO of PillPack. “The PillPack Medication Reminders app is designed to excel at one thing: helping people remember to take their medications by leveraging the capabilities of the iPhone and Apple Watch, and making reminders fit their lifestyle rather than the other way around.”
The PillPack medication reminder app features include:
– Automatic Med List Import – Rather than type each prescription medication into your phone or upload photos of pill bottles, folks can easily import their medication using PillPack’s proprietary methodology with just their name, address, date of birth, and the last four -digits of their Social Security number (SSN).
– Context-Aware Reminders – Utilizing all of the sensors available on the iPhone, users can create custom reminders based on context-specific conditions (e.g. alert me when I arrive at work) that are more intuitive to daily habits than the basic functions of an alarm clock.
– Smart Gestures – Inspired by the functionality and design of gestures used in e-mail management apps, users can archive medication reminders upon completion or reschedule their alerts if busy with a swipe of a finger.
– Apple Watch Functionality – PillPack offers a WatchKit extension to enable a less intrusive med reminder experience at a glance of the wrist.
The Boston-based company raised $50 million back in January and has raised a total of $62.75 million in funding to date. The PillPack iOS app is available for free download in English and users can download the application from the Apple App Store.