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Personalised Reminders - Pills and Appointments

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Compliance in both should improve if reminders are set and monitored by healthcare providers and privileged and trusted care givers. Reminders, either fixed intervals, or a day ( or more if needed ) ahead of the appointments will likely enhance patient adherence, and ultimately treatment outcome. A separate and new App or preferably tweaking existing built-in ones on both the major platforms ( iOS, Android, Windows and Harmony ) will help.

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Miroslava Katsur 9 months ago

Hi KianChong! This is a good idea of using reminders. How do you suggest healthcare providers or care givers could monitor the reminders? What would they look for? And how could they be certain that this reminder was not just noticed, but also caused the desired action? I have phone reminders to take pills, but sometimes I just turn it off without doing anything. My relative, who is type 1 diabetic and needs insulin injections literally to live, accidentally ignores the reminder as well once in a while. I guess it's possible to make people to upload a photo of them taking pills. Also, notifications can repeat themselves twice - to doublecheck that the person acted on them. Maybe, reminders can be with always changing melodies to capture attention better... What do you think?

Also, could you please share which apps you are aware of which help with adherence to pill schedule/appointments? Thanks in advance.

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KianChong Yong 9 months ago

Hello Miroslava,

Hope you are well. Sorry for not responding sooner.

Thanks in no part to social distancing and also people being more comfortable with live online interaction, many private and public hospitals in Asia ( Gleneagles for example ) are engaging their patients over the internet. eHealth Chat and eHealth Consult are two of their proprietary programmes which can be viewed here:- https://gleneaglesehealth.com.my/kl

The business structure of healthcare providers, by and large has changed in such a way that it reflects the global significance of COVID-19, and how we have quickly grown accustomed to the disruptions the pandemic is bringing to our day to day activities. The entire world adapts.

I am Myasthenic and have been on medication for over a decade. Prior to this I would require a chart to remind me of my daily dosage. Then came smart devices like iPhones with built in Calendar and Clock Apps. Adjusting to both took time and the synergy would only be realised over a period of time. It will require both determination, discipline and commitment from a patient as the learning curve is steep moving from paper and pen to the digital format. Hopefully this will grow on the patients, becoming their second nature again, over time.

Fast forward to 2020, we have a slew of Pill Reminder ( or Medication Tracker / Management ) Apps available on most of the major platforms ( Harmony, Windows, iOS and Android ). Some are free to try and keep, but please take note that many of these free to download and use ones are ad-supported. This article describes a few of the more commonly used Apps:- https://www.androidauthority.com/best-pill-re...android-862285/

With regards to duplicate reminders, I agree this is common and usually can be ironed out with time ( think birthday reminders ). And personalised reminders ( with a familiar song or an encouraging voice from a loved one ) would be a wonderful and welcome addition.

Improving compliance will require substantial initiative and commitment from both yourself and your relative. Perhaps this can be looked at from a more personal angle; for example, what will be your motivation to staying healthy ( and possibly having a better quality of life ? ) by taking the pills and your relative, his or her life-saving insulin ? For me it is to strive for a longer life span ( or sentence haha ) to see my kids grow up, and to be able to care and provide for my parents and loved ones. The opposite is true and acts as a sobering deterrent ( cost of falling ill ):- https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-develop...st-to-fall-ill/

Collectively, those are reason enough for me.

Ideally, the entire ecosystem of digital offerings from the healthcare providers ( hospitals of the attending physicians ), pharmaceutical companies ( treatments, cocktails and drugs ) and the caregivers ( usually family members or hired help ) can be better synced, aligned and monitored. That will most likely require collaborative efforts from the industry and a dynamic legislative oversight ( guidelines from the government ) on valid concerns such as privacy, security and patient confidentiality.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47288219

PS. I am still on Calendar and Clock on my iPhone. They are reliable and I have grown to rely on them. They are free ( built in and do not require additional download ) and has no advertisement. Please note Apple Privacy Policy:- https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/en-ww/

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Miroslava Katsur 9 months ago

Hello KianChong, and Merry Christmas! I am happy to know that you managed to switch from pen-n-paper to using notifications on your phone. I hope this switch helped you to improve your wellbeing and gave you peace of mind.

Thank you for providing comprehenside reply with many sources - very insightful! For me, it was particularly concerning to see the cost of falling ill. It reminds me of how important to make any invention for people of old age and/or with health conditions as affordable as possible so all, hopefully, can benefit from it.

Yes, Calendar and Clock are useful functions. You can make them to be repeated on particular days, every day or many other ways, all free of charge. This made me think - what if doctor can send an appointment for the patient and it can be integrated into the patient's calendar automatically, and have a reminder a day and a few hours in advance? That should not cost anything for the user, or take lots of time, plus it's easy for both practitioner and the patient, hopefully.

Thank you KianChong for your quick reply! I just have a last question: what kind of improvement to phone notifications would benefit you and/or older people so that the adherence to treatments/doctor appointments would increase?

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Pam Quinlan 9 months ago

Hi I have a echo which I use to take my meds also use it for appointments i

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Esther Hui 9 months ago

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Esther Hui 9 months ago

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