PillPack launches medication reminder app for iPhone, Apple Watch

Full-service pharmacy PillPack announced the launch Thursday of the PillPack Medication Reminders mobile app for iPhone and Apple Watch. Chief technology officer Elliot Cohen said the app is designed to help "people remember to take their medications by leveraging the capabilities of the iPhone and Apple Watch, and making reminders fit their lifestyle rather than the other way around."

PillPack already offers a mail-order service to help patients manage their prescriptions by sorting medicines with the date and time at which they should be taken. The app version of the service will be free to people who are not PillPack customers.

Chief executive TJ Parker said the goal "is to further simplify and re-imagine the medication management experience digitally so we can help folks with their medications…regardless of the number of medications they take." The company noted that the product "is the first health app of its kind to automatically import a customer's current medication list, regardless of which pharmacy they currently use, and use geo-tracking sensors to create custom reminders based on location, activity or time."

The app comes with the Automatic Med List Import feature, which allows users to import their medication via their name, address, date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Meanwhile, the Context-Aware Reminders feature allows users to create custom reminders based on context-specific conditions.

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