If you take medication at a fixed time, or if you’ve fallen ill with a bad cold, then you must be familiar with not remembering whether you’ve already taken your medicine or when exactly you took it. MediSafe helps you remember through the one thing that you never forget – your smartphone device.
Helping you get well
The application developed by MediSafe helps users track their daily medication consumption by sending reminders about the different medications they take – at the right times throughout the day.
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After purchasing the right medication, all the user has to do is launch the application and scan the barcode that appears on the package. After scanning, the application will offer information about the recommended time to take the medicine and will offer the possibility to set dosage and times, as ordered by the doctor. According to this information, the user will be sent a reminder at the appropriate times.
In addition, the application maintains information about the last time the medication was taken, so as to prevent over-dosage and the inevitable “have I taken it or not” hesitation.
MediSafe has also considered those who do not have smartphones, and offers them a tracking card. On the card, users can specify the name of the drug, record when and how often it should be taken. Then, they simply need to fill in the appropriate box after each administration, so that the information will be available and accessible on the card itself.
The application is available in its initial stage in English, and MediSafe plans to release a Hebrew version in the future. MediSafe is in beta stage testing for Android.
A common problem
According to MediSafe, in 2008, there were 700,00 emergency cases due to the over-consumption of medicine in the United States alone, and about 27,000 died as a result. MediSafe allows users to track their daily consumption and synchronize the information with the rest of their family members.
Behind MediSafe are two entrepreneurs, Omri (Bob) Shor 32, in charge of marketing, company branding and business development, and Rotem Shor, 29, who is in charge of the technical side of the project.
The idea behind MediSafe originated from a personal problem: their father is a diabetic who takes medication on regular basis, and who has more than once encountered the “have I taken it or not” question. Out of concern for his health, they took it upon themselves to create the app.
In an interview with the Israeli website Newsgeek, Omri Shor said that the database the application will provide will be built upon data from the American FDA. Professionals in the field will assemble it in Israel – with the goal of giving users all the information they need. The app will first be marketed to US users – as this is the world’s largest pharmaceutical market, the company plans to launch a multilingual version of the app for the rest of the world, which will also include a Hebrew version.
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