Patient Centric App Review Series
App Reviewed: American Medical Association My Medications (Ver. 1.0.4)
Goals of app review:
- To determine whether My Medications may be a beneficial personal medication recording app
- To evaluate the possible integration of My Medications into practice for patients on multiple medications and multiple providers
The American Medical Association (AMA) created the My Medications app to address the growing utilization of mobile technology and the need of patients to track their medication history.
My Medications allows the patient to record what medications they are on, what vaccinations they have received, and what allergies they have. The hope is that patients may be able to communicate with healthcare providers on up-to-date personal information.
This is a large issue, especially with patients experiencing polypharmacy. It can be difficult for patients to remember all the medications they are on, and what prescribers are in charge of those medications.
For instance, Did Dr. X or Dr. Y prescribe my metformin? One issue that the use of mobile apps could address is promoting a system of keeping patient information close. This is also a concern in the emergency room and during admission to a hospital when performing medication reconciliation.
What medication is this patient on? What are their drug allergies? There is currently no set standard for this approach, and few studies have identified effective means to inpatient medication reconciliation. [1,2]
Last Updated: April 9, 2012
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later
Reviewed on: iPhone 4
My Medications opens up to a simple menu for the user, as seen below. To start utilizing the app, the user must start inputting their personal information. This consists of patient identification information, such as: name, address, phone number.
However, I feel some information that should also be included, for instance, is patient date of birth or at least age.
After entering their information, the user may then add emergency contact information, and provider information under ‘My Healthcare Team.’ This is a handy way to contact providers, the users pharmacy, and other pertinent individuals.
The key parts of the app, however, lie in the ‘My Medications,’ ‘My Immunizations,’ and ‘My Allergies’ menu. Adding medications is simple, and reminds me of RxMindme, where there appears to be a database the listed medications is taken from. The medication is recorded, along with strength, route, and frequency. The reason for use can be included, along with the prescriber and any notes.
‘My Immunizations’ allows the user to record what vaccinations they have received, and when they are due for a follow-up. One thing the app would benefit from would be a reminder when the user is due for a new vaccine. New vaccinations can be added along with those already stored as a default.
‘My Allergies’ includes the option to include allergies related to medications, foods, pollens & molds, and animals. There are defaulted options (e.g. medications – sulfa drugs) and the option to add ‘Other.’
However, selecting ‘other’ gives the user no option to define what the ‘other’ is, which is a shortcoming. In addition, the reaction of the allergy can be listed, but again, if it does not match the default reactions, there is no way to say what the reaction is.
‘My other Health Information’ contains miscellaneous information such as ability to add notes and insurance information. This section could use a little more work, such as designating who the power of attorney is for instance.
Lastly, information can be emailed to providers. This consists of a summary of each section of the app, with no ability to pick and choose what to send.
Perhaps one of the only major concerns is the lack of security associated with this app with no options to hide sensitive medical information behind something like a simple passcode.
My Medications seeks to help patients record and save pertinent information on their medications, vaccinations, and allergy history.
Evidence to Support Goals:
Performed a Pubmed search with terms including: iphone, ipad, smartphone, mobile app, medication reconciliation, medical record. Results did not yield any literature to demonstrate the utilization of mobile apps helps with medication reconciliation for patients that choose to record their data on a smart device, or any other pertinent patient oriented outcomes.
- Ability for patient to record all their medications and vaccination history on mobile device
- Option to email lists of medications to providers
- Providers can be listed and makes it easier to have information centralized
- Ability to password protect app
- Would be beneficial if the app could record patient diseases
- Only one profile available, cannot have multiple patient profiles on one app
- Options for recording allergies is limited. Does not help clarify what are ‘Other’ reactions and allergy symptoms.
- Options for including insurance information is limited. Would be nice to include Medicaid/Medicare information.
- Profiles do not sync across devices.
What type of provider may benefit from this app?
- Primary Care Physician
- Medication Management Clinic
What type of patient may benefit from this app?
- Patients that are dependable to utilize their smart device
- Patients that are on multiple medications
- Patients that enjoy having a mobile list of health history and medications
- AMA My Medications app is a simple tool to help patients record their medications, immunizations, and allergy history.
- Pros – App records pertinent information and has ability to email information to providers
- Cons – There are limited options for recording information that may be beneficial for patient or caregiver. Ability to record more than one profile and syncing across multiple devices would be beneficial.
The American Medical Association My Medications app is a simple tool to help patients record their medications, immunizations, and allergy history. However, the app has several issues that should be tweaked further in order to help it address all of its goals.
- Mueller SK, Sponsler KC, Kripalani S, Schnipper JL. Hospital-based medication reconciliation practices: a systematic review.Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jul 23;172(14):1057-69.
- American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.Improving care transitions: Optimizing medication reconciliation.J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2012 Jul 1;52(4):e43-52.
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.