Quintiles’ new mobile app gives patients safety information, pill reminders
Information about potential adverse reactions from multiple medicines and a pill reminder that can be set for hourly, daily or weekly alerts are some of the features on a new mobile app created by Quintiles for users of its MediGuard service.
A community of 2.6 million patientsuse Quintiles’ MediGuard service to help monitor their medication intake and access information about research and disease-specific programs. The new app is designed specifically for iPhone and Android users.
“With nearly one third of all mobile device owners using their phones to look up healthcare information, this capability has become an imperative if MediGuard is to engage with patients at moments when they most need access to that information,” said David Coman, senior vice president at Quintiles.
The MediGuard app allows users to print or email their entire list of medications for sharing with physicians or loved ones. A notes section enables the storing of notes, questions or next appointments during physician visits. Other features include Doctor’s Visit Medicine Checks, a summary of current prescriptions for each doctor visit, and Drug Lookup, a database of more than 4,000 drugs, activated by typing or speaking drug names.
The MediGuard database and its app provide patients with access to detailed drug data including potential side effects, black-box warnings, safety alerts and recalls and drug interactions between medications. The new app also allows users to see satisfaction ratings from other patients who have taken the same medications.
Coman said, “MediGuard is an important service that not only protects patient safety in regard to the medicines they take, but also is a means of finding and participating in clinical research, observational studies and disease management programs.”
The app already has been recognized as the recipient of a Web Health Award in the “mobile, medical and education” category. The awards were founded 15 years ago to celebrate high-quality digital heath resources for consumers and health professionals.
The MediGuard app is available for free download through Apple’s iTunes App Store, the Google Play Store and at www.MediGuard.org.