Mobile device based smart medication reminder for older people with disabilities

Abstract

With the latest research in the fields of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences, an increasing number of drugs are being invented to cure many fatal diseases and this has enabled people to live healthier and longer. Consequently, the rate of medication usage is increasing, particularly among the elderly. It is important that the medication prescribed by doctors is taken at the correct times of the day and in the correct dosages. This seems to be a significant problem encountered by older people with disabilities. As a result of forgetfulness or other problems, many older patients either do not take the correct medicines or the correct dosage at the appropriate times and this reduces the benefits of treatments and increases both healthcare costs and the mortality rates. In order to find a solution to this problem, a mobile phone and Cloud-based smart application has been developed to improve patient adherence, particularly for older people with disabilities. The novelty of the developed application is the use of a Cloud service to provide two-way communication in the form of feedback between the older patients with disabilities and the doctors so that the medication adherence of the patients can be monitored. Mobile application developers should find the developed mobile phone based medication reminder application for older people with disabilities a useful example application, and it should help them in developing other mobile applications for older people with disabilities.

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Mohammed, H.B.M., Ibrahim, D. & Cavus, N. Mobile device based smart medication reminder for older people with disabilities. Qual Quant 52, 1329–1342 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-018-0707-8

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Keywords

  • Disabilities
  • Older people
  • Mobile medication reminder
  • Medication adherence
  • Reminder application
  • Healthcare