Seek to drive patient engagement with mobile meds management

HORSHAM, PA | November 26, 2012

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems is partnering with Microsoft to offer a mobile app for the Windows 8 platform that enables consumers to create, store, track and share personal medication records.

NextGen and Microsoft officials say the MedicineCabinet app, available for free through the Microsoft app store, is meant to spur patient engagement, offering users a way to take a more active role in care collaboration.

The app enables patients to create and update a list of medications, including dosing and schedule information – creating their own personal medication record. Users can add a medication to the list, enter in dosing requirements and let the application run. Notifications are then sent for each medication, and the user can confirm compliance, officials say.

A mobile record such as this helps physicians and patients avoid inadvertent inconsistencies across transitions in care by reviewing the patient’s complete medication regimen at the time of admission, transfer and discharge and comparing it with the regimen being considered for the new setting of care.

Officials say the MedicineCabinet app helps providers identify potential drug-on-drug interactions; recognize potentially inappropriate medications; reduce duplication of therapies or unnecessary medication; ensure appropriate monitoring of medication; improve adherence and proper use of medication and enhance patients’ understanding of how to properly take their medication and to recognize adverse reactions.

“Mobile patient engagement is at the forefront of today’s changing healthcare environment providing consumer technology that encourages members to control and lead healthier lifestyles is a key factor in improving outcomes,” said Ike Ellison executive vice president of business development for NextGen Healthcare.

“With the MedicineCabinet app, patients can easily and seamlessly tap, type, or swipe to share and stay connected,” said Dennis Schmuland, MD chief health strategy officer of U.S. health and life sciences at Microsoft Corporation. “NextGen is leading the way for a new generation of Windows 8 apps that will make it easier for people to proactively manage their health and be in tune with their health risks.”

Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Mike Miliard is Managing Editor at Healthcare IT News