Determining the best mobile medication reminder apps

There are a plethora of medication reminder apps in the Apple App Store, along with a few for the Android Marketplace and Blackberry App World.  We haven’t reviewed any medication reminder applications on iMedicalApps – we tend to focus more on applications for health care professionals – but the NY Times has a great article that reviews some of these apps in detail on each of the three main mobile operating system platforms.

As we’ve mentioned before, texting for medication reminders has been shown in some studies to help increase compliance.  By association, one would think these individual mobile apps that send notifications would serve the same purpose.  It would be interesting to see a study done using one of these apps to see if this is in fact true.

Some of the findings by the author posted in his review of the medication reminder apps:

MedsLog ($4): Most features, but user interface can be difficult to use. Connects to your iPhone’s calendar, this can be a good thing if your iPhone’s calendar automatically syncs with your Google Calendar – allowing you to get medication updates on your computer. [iPhone]

Medsy ($2): Great user interface and has the best notifications. Not as full featured as other medication reminder applications and medication regime is not as customizable. [iPhone]

Dosecast ($4): Possibly the favorite of the authors due to the extremely customizable nature of how you can set your medication reminders. [iPhone]

Of note, the author mentions how Blackberry users have limited options, focusing on an app called MediReminder ($3) – available for the Blackberry and Android. It’s the highest rated app, but the rating is based on just a few reviews.

From the apps mentioned in the review, it appears Android users have limited options as well. The author does mention MotionPHR Health Record Manager ($10), available for the Android as well as the iPhone – saying it had a positive history but recently started receiving poor reviews due to flaws in the reminder system.

Source: NY Times

Author:

Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApps.com. Emergency Medicine Faculty and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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13 Responses to Determining the best mobile medication reminder apps

  1. Susan September 30, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    Blackberry users- There is another option. OnTimeRx. It works very well on non-touchscreen devices, but don’t download it from BB AppWorld. There is something messed up in their download files. Go to the ontimerx.com website. You can download over the air and It works fine.

  2. Retired Pillpusher April 6, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    OnTimeRx is now available for iPhones and Android – in addition to the BlackBerry version mentioned below. This app is very customizable and easy to use. I’ve been using it on a bunch of different phones and devices over the years. Consistently reliable and effective.

  3. Jobin May 8, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    I found another best application in amzone appstore. It named MedimoiR. This application provides diet scheduling and excercise sheduling as well. I downloaded it from Samsung app store as I could not access amazone.

  4. Navigateur June 25, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Just letting you know there’s an Android app called “Medication Reminder Widget” – it sits on your home screen and constantly shows you your next or missed med. You tap it to see all your meds in order of time to be taken, and has very reliable reminder alarms, for which you can choose any ring tone, with automatic repeat reminder alarms every few minutes (adjustable) if you dismiss the reminder screen without pressing the “Taken” button. It also allows you to take a pic of the med instead of typing it in. It’s by me.

    • Lee December 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      That’s the feature I’ve been looking for, Navigateur: The “taken” distinguished from simply dismissing the alarm. I’m so forgetful that I can easily get the reminder alarm; say, “I’ve got to go take my pill”; get out of the chair and head to the kitchen for a glass of water; get distracted by a phone call, question from kids, etc.; and two hours later be back in my chair, wondering if I took my pills today or not. Now if you only had this for iPhone/iPad ….

      Another useful feature BTW would be the ability to automatically log the date/time for each medication when you hit the “taken” key, so when you go to the doctor, you can see how close you came to taking it on schedule. This can be significant for those of us who are on short-life meds and wondering whether that headache I’m experiencing is a withdrawal symptom because I was late to take my meds, or … just a headache.

  5. Eugenia July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I need on app that won’t stop sounding the alarm until you ge to it. Anyone knows of one like this, is for elderly people and they don’t hear it if it only rings a couple of times and they might not come back to their iPad for days. I appreciate any help.

    • Navigateur July 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Dear Eugenia, the “Medication Reminder Widget” (Android) has long continuous ring by default.

  6. Nico August 30, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    Here is one that is connected to the NHS database to get additional information on medication. “my tablet time” to be found on I-Tunes. Check it out.
    Cheers,
    Nico

  7. Yves Dufour September 13, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Hi,

    Is this application already localized into French and Dutch ? I am looking for such app to fill full some French /Dutck speaking belgium hospitals ..
    If not , as an Apple dev , I’ll be interested in localizing it
    please get in touch w me

    thanks

    • Nico September 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Yves,
      English, Spanish is available and German and French is up shortly. Dutch would be a great addition I guess. Let me know nico@armsandlegs.asia

      Cheers,
      Nico

  8. Anna February 4, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I had installed Medimoir, a medication reminder app from google play. I think it is the best app. It helps me to remind the medication and food of my whole family.

  9. Lissa Rankin May 14, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    You should also check Healee (http://www.healee.com). It has an app for iPhone/iPad and for Android. I’ve been using the iPhone app for some time (as a medication reminder) and it works pretty well. It also shows relevant information about the medication.

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