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Friday, 12 April 2013

MedMory - Pill Reminder & Medication Reminder - App Review

If you are in the unfortunate position of having to take medication, especially more than one variety and more than once a day, this could just be the App that you have been looking for. This could also be useful for people having to look after a number of patients.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
You can choose from a list of topics (cryptography, group, language, letter equations, logic, math, This App has not simply been thrown together; a lot of detailed user customisation has been catered for, and the graphics are exceptional. The clock interface is so good that I'm thinking of going back to my doctor for an extra prescription (just kidding).
The App starts by suggesting that you take the 'App Walk Through'. Although I am not a fan of RTM (Read The Manual), in this instance, it is a small investment of your time that you probably won't regret.
If you are like most of us and just want to get stuck in then, start by adding a pill. This is easily achieved by going to Pills and pressing '+', then entering the medication details, such as name, dosage amount, type (pill, liquid, injection), together with the user name (if you are not just looking after yourself) and the instructions (such as let dissolve in mouth, take only after food...).
After this you can enter the prescription and packaging amounts: repeat prescription number (optional), pharmacy contact number, the total doses of this medication in a full prescription, and the doses remaining at the moment.
Next up are the timing details such as at what time the medication should be taken (this is set with the superb clock interface), and then the frequency which can be set to pretty well any interval you can imagine. All that you need do now is set the chosen alert tone (including 'Feeling Good'), whether you want audio and/or visual reminders, when you want the reminder to repeat if you have forgotten to take the medication and (very important), the level at which you want to be reminded that you are running low and need to reorder.
That's all there is to it, at least to get going. You will now be reminded whenever medication is due.
It's after this that MedMory really differentiates itself from a simple alarm. Acknowledge the alarm and choose taken, skip dose (in which case the number of doses left will not reduce), or details (which will give you all the information about the specific medication). You can also assign individual pictures to medications and email full histories of usage.


Cost
Unbelievably, for as well-engineered an App as this, there is no charge. There is the option to create an RxCard and potentially save on your prescriptions, but this only works in the USA.

Indispensability
If your medications are indispensable then, remembering to take them must be just as important. If you already have a foolproof system... congratulations. For everyone else, there's now MedMory.

Dependability
MedMory works well although there are a couple of quirks that are possibly worth noting. One is that he alarm only sounds if you are not in the App (even if you have sounds 'on' in settings), so remember to press the centre button to exit after each intervention. The other is that you no longer receive a reminder if you have 'theoretically' run out of the particular medication; it is of course possible that you have omitted to acknowledge that you have replenished your stock, or indeed that you have access to a buffer.

Security
In addition to not sharing data, there is the possibility of protecting your data with a 4 digit pass code. Be careful not to lose this as there is no way of retrieving it.

ACIDS Test Rating:
If you take tabs, get the App... and if you're in the US, you might even save money.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.
                                                         
You can get MedMory here and support for the App here.

4 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Functionality:

    • Worked Out The Bug That Keep Setting Off Reminders. (Sorry About The Issues!)
    • *NEW* Added a Digital Clock Interface.
    • Performance and Memory Enhancements/Optimization.
    • Changed Low Reminder Reminder To Call At Threshold Setting, and Reset At 0 Remaining.
    • Quick Med Display Only Goes Back 24 Hours vs Unlimited.
    • Various Bug Fixes

    Graphics:

    • *NEW* Added Ability to Take/Use Custom Picture for Home Screen.
    • *NEW* Added Ability to Now Also Use Custom Picture for Pill Main Screen.
    • Removed Gray Font In Main Pill Screen For Better Visual Display.

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Functionality:

    • Worked Out The Bug That Keep Setting Off Reminders. (Sorry About The Issues!)
    • Worked Out The Bug Which Did Not Allow You To Use Your Custom Tones for Pills.
    • *NEW* Added a Digital Clock Interface.
    • *NEW* FDA Database Suggestions When Entering A Pill In the Add Pill Area.
    • Performance and Memory Enhancements/Optimization.
    • Changed Low Reminder Reminder To Call At Threshold Setting, and Reset At 0 Remaining.
    • Quick Med Display Only Goes Back 24 Hours vs Unlimited.
    • Various Bug Fixes

    Graphics:

    • •NEW* Added Ability to Take/Use Custom Picture for Home Screen.
    • •NEW* Added Ability to Now Also Use Camera Roll for Custom Picture On Pill Main Screen.
    • Removed Gray Font In Main Pill Screen For Better Visual Display.

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  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.4 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    . Sleep Time Mode: Silence all pill reminders whenever you choose. Resume your schedule when you choose.
    ・Added Current Time to Main Med Display.
    ・Edit Your Taken Pill Time in History.
    ・Faster App Loading.
    ・Removed Analog Clock.
    ・Performance Improvements.
    ・Bug Fixes.

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  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.4.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    ・All bugs have been permanently squashed!
    ・Performance and memory upgrades.
    ・App is now 50% faster.
    ・Fixed all time setting errors.

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