Windows app allows patients to track and share medication records

A free mobile app for the Windows 8 platform enables consumers to store, track and share their personal medication records. The MedicineCabinet app, offered through a partnership between Microsoft and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, is intended to encourage patients to take a more active role in care collaboration.

The app allows patients to create and update a list of medications, including dosing and schedule information. Users can add a medication to the list, enter in dosing requirements and let the application run. The app then sends notifications at the appropriate time for each medication, and the user can confirm compliance, officials said.

A mobile record such as this helps physicians and patients avoid inadvertent inconsistencies across transitions in care by reviewing the patient's complete medication regimen at the time of admission, transfer and discharge and comparing it with the regimen being considered for the new setting of care.

Officials said MedicineCabinet also helps providers identify potential drug-drug interactions; recognize potentially inappropriate medications; reduce duplication of therapies or unnecessary medication; ensure appropriate monitoring of medication; improve adherence and proper use of medication; and enhance patients’ understanding of how to properly take their medication and to recognize adverse reactions.

"Mobile patient engagement is at the forefront of today’s changing healthcare environment providing consumer technology that encourages members to control and lead healthier lifestyles [and] is a key factor in improving outcomes," said Ike Ellison executive vice president of business development for NextGen Healthcare.

“With the MedicineCabinet app, patients can easily and seamlessly tap, type or swipe to share and stay connected,” said Dennis Schmuland, MD chief health strategy officer of U.S. health and life sciences at Microsoft.

MedicineCabinet is available through the Windows app store.

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