So here is an idea I'm giving out for free. I never had the time to develop it, but if there is someone out there who is willing to improve the lives of countless elderly contact me and I'll give you more details. I sent it to VentureCup a year ago, but it never moved to the next level, as I suspected it was not novel enough and lacked a good prototype. I am fully aware of many companies which have done similar things, but none have a combined app and sticker (at last not in 2014).
Increased longevity of the population (1) also increases the need for solid aging. With technological solutions older adults can gain more autonomy, quality of life and more freedom of choice Despite longer life, quality of life is not significantly improved as many older adults are living with chronic diseases and comorbidity (2, 3). Due to deteriorating health, comorbidity, poly pharmacy are common among older adults (4). On average, 29% of adults aged 60 years and older have 5 different drugs that must be taken daily, 81% have up to three (5, 6). Above all, there are many older people who get their medical needs met by family carers, or many different and temporary at home professional care givers, and this leads to frequently missed medications, overdoses or harmful combinations. .
To reduce the
* Confusion about which drugs to be taken when
* The risk of medication errors,
* Knowledge of drugs
* Effectiveness of medication
I Propose this combined app and sticker!
MeDSnabb proposes to act as such;
STEP 1: Register on the app's website, create a username. Enter the drug and dosage instructions on the website.
STEP 2: Download the app MedSnabb
STEP 3: Print stickers with the drug name or get them sent home for a small fee.
STEP 4: Attach the sticker on the right medicine
STEP 5: Scan app for the alarm, and the reminder is added into your medications.
STEP 6: Now you have a reminder that tells when to take medications.
* Data will be anonymised
* Anonymous accounts
* People will be encouraged to print the stickers themselves, if not the item itself will be discreet while sent on the mail.
* Data will never be used by third parties or for other purposes.
WHY STICKERS AND NOT JUST ENTERING INFORMATION, OR BARCODES?
A bar code does not tell you a dosage, and most apps only share information with one person at the time. With MedSnabb, the stickers are scanned so that anybody with the app gets the information about dosage, medication and reminder when it should be taken. Since elderly change care givers frequently, with just one app and a quick scan a new care giver can have all the information it needs about the medical scheme of the patient!
OBJECTIVES AND FUTURE VISION
MedSnabb can and should replace the small note that pharmacists print out with prescriptions. A doctor should in the future be able to create a sticker that is then printed out by the pharmacist and the user can scan the information and set times in the MedSnabb app, and the sticker would also give all that information to care givers upon scanning.
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