HealthSaverz, a patient-centric healthcare company, has launched mobile app â€˜MyHealthSaverzâ€™ that will act as a reminder for the patients to take their medicines on time. The app is available both on Android and iOS platforms.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the full benefits of medicine in treating health conditions are often not realised because approximately 50 percent of patients do not take their medications as prescribed (non-adherence). In fact the cost of non-adherence has been estimated at US$100 billion to US$300 billion annually, including costs from avoidable hospitalisations, nursing home admissions and premature deaths.
According to 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 worldâ€™s second largest smart phone base by 2016.
He further adds that 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.â€
2. Missing a medicine dose can be dangerous
3. Overdosing can also cause complications
The app is available for free on Android and iOS platforms. For non-smart phone users HealthSaverz offers a free SMS-based â€œMed-reminder serviceâ€ 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.