Mumbai: With the vision to become one’s personal healthcare manager, HealthSaverz, India’s first patient-centric healthcare company, today announced the launch of an innovative, first-of-its-kind mobile app ‘MyHealthSaverz’ for Android and iOS platforms.
As part of managing one’s health, one of the highest frequency health-related tasks is taking one’s medicine on time, typically multiple times a day. It is a given fact that most of us take some medication or the other. However, most of us find it difficult to adhere to the schedule of medicines prescribed by our doctors, whether through sheer forgetfulness, pure procrastination or just being extremely busy.
According to the World Health Organization, the full benefits of medicine in treating health conditions are often not realized because approximately 50% of patients do not take their medications as prescribed (non-adherence). In fact the cost of non-adherence has been estimated at $100 billion to $300 billion annually, including costs from avoidable hospitalizations, nursing home admissions and premature deaths.
Says Ryan Albuquerque, one of the co-founders, HealthSaverz, “The need for a medicine reminder service was conceived out of a combination of personal experience, feedback from friends and family and customer discussions. As we thought about how to work on improving medicine adherence, we asked ourselves – How can we use technology to make this more effective? One of the answers that came up was mHealth which is the use of mobile technology to improve health services. We felt this was extremely relevant in India given that we have the second largest mobile phone base in the world and are expected to have the world’s second largest smart phone base by 2016.”
He further adds,” As we studied this problem further, we found three critical points connected to medicine consumption viz.
1. Taking your medicines on time has a significant impact on your health. In fact the World Health Organization has a term for it – Medicine Adherence.”
2. Missing a medicine dose can be dangerous
3. Overdosing can also cause complications
Especially designed for Indian patients, the ‘MyHealthSaverz’ app provides a solution to tackle this critical issue. The ‘MyHealthSaverz’ App helps its subscribers by:
• Reminders – Visual and auditory alerts as to what dose and when to take
• Refills – Tracks your medicine consumption and suggests refills
• Med Buddy – Provides free SMS message alerts to caretakers/ family on failure to take a medicine
• Adherence Score – Compiles a score to help you track your Medicine Adherence that can be sent to one’s doctor
• Electronic Health Records – Store and index prescriptions and medical records
• India Drug Database – Patients can access Indian brand names of medicines, the ones doctors in India would typically prescribe
The app is available for free on Android and iOS platforms. For non-smart phone users HealthSaverz offers a free SMS-based “Med-reminder service” to extend the benefits of the app to people from all strata of society irrespective of the mobile phone they use or the language they speak. The reminders are in 12 different languages viz. English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Urdu, Telegu and Oriya. HealthSaverz customers will have the added benefit of the team setting up the medicine reminders as per the prescription for all the medicines they take.
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