Health Care IT: Mobile Apps Show Promise for Medication Adherence

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2011-02-15 Print this article Print
Mobile Apps Show Promise for Medication Adherence

Mobile Apps Show Promise for Medication Adherence

by Brian Horowitz
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The study "Medication Adherence and mHealth" by George Washington University proved that using mobile technology can be a helpful tool for patients who often struggle to keep track of their medication schedules. A conference at GWU on Feb. 9 reviewed the survey's results, which showed high acceptance and sustained use of the Vocel Pill Phone app. The app ran on a handset connected to Cricket's 3G EvDO network and incorporating Qualcomm chipsets. The tool allows caregivers to program reminders for dosages using a secure Web application and compile an online dosage diary. Simplicity is key for the Pill Phone app, especially when hypertension patients need to take more than eight pills per day, according to Tom Evangelisti, president of wireless health for the software's developer, Vocel. "8.1 medications ... That's just mind-boggling," Evangelisti told eWEEK. Simple, interactive mobile apps can help patients with the poorest medication adherence, he said. Perhaps near-field communication capabilities upcoming in Pill Phone 2.0 could make the app even simpler. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the Pill Phone app and what it did for the participants in the GWU study, including one patient who shared her experience with the application.
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company,, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,, USA Weekend and, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

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