Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Canadian Healthcare Network
Canada’s leading health care organizations launch new app and electronic initiative to promote the safe and smart use of medicines
Ottawa | Seven of Canada’s leading health care organizations have joined together to launch new electronic tools to help Canadians use their medications safely and appropriately.
The tools are the latest innovation in the Knowledge is the Best Medicine (KiBM) program which was created by Canada’s Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) in 1994 to help Canadians better manage their own health care.
Today’s launch include a free new iPhone and iPad app, MyMedRec, and website www.knowledgeisthebestmedicine.org which have been developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada with input from Canadian patient groups and health care provider organizations.
The new electronic record is aimed at empowering the growing number of smart phone owners who use mobile devices to manage a wide range of personal data, including their medication information.
MyMedRec allows patients and caregivers to have their medication and immunization record at their fingertips. It includes features such as refill and dose reminders, storing of medication histories and, multiple patient profiles, email and picture capabilities, as well as contact information of prescribers and pharmacies.
“As someone who relies on multiple medications on a daily basis, I find that this app is an excellent tool for managing my medications in a safe and smart way,” said Maureen Smith, a patient living with a chronic illness. “It complements the work of my health professionals and is easily adaptable. It puts the power of knowledge in the hands of the patient.”
Studies have shown that responsible and appropriate use of medicines leads to better health outcomes and health care costs like hospitalization are greatly reduced. The World Health Organization has established safe medication use as a priority given that an estimated 50 per cent of patients do not take their medications correctly.
Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Best Medicines Coalition have joined together to support development of the iPhone and iPad app.