Walgreens on June 8 came out with a pill-reminder/refill reminder mobile app for Apple Watch to support improved medication adherence. The app supports simple once-daily reminders to take a medicine, as well as multiple complex drug regimens, according to the drug store chain.
The pill-reminder feature enables a consumer to mark the medication as taken or skipped to aid in tracking adherence, and also gives information on when a missed medication can be taken next. The refill-reminder feature enables users to initiate a refill with one touch, as well as being notified when it is ready to pick up.
Walgreens also is integrating its Balance Rewards program that offers discounts for products in the store with Apple Pay, enabling customers to earn and redeem reward points via Apple Pay at the checkout.
Other health information technology news includes:
*The North Dakota Health Information Network is integrating into its platform the medical imaging exchange software of eHealth Technologies. The integration will enable providers to share medical images via the statewide HIE. Users can access, view, compare and transfer images from x-ray, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound studies. Orion Health is the HIE vendor for North Dakota. Other HIEs that eHealth Technologies has helped image-enable include Idaho Health Data Exchange, Health HIE Nevada, Rochester RHIO, HealtheLINK, HealtheConnections, HealthlinkNY, East Tennessee Health Information Network and Great Lakes Health Connect.
*Ochsner Health System in New Orleans now offers consumers online appointment scheduling via an alliance with HealthGrades, which offers a platform to search for and select a physician. With HealthGrades technology now integrated into Ochsners Epic electronic health record system, consumers who use HealthGrades to find a physician can schedule the appointment while still online.
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