Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Favorite Smart Phone Health App #NHBPM

Do you often ask yourself, "Did I take my last dose of X?"  Well then, this is the app for you!

The main function of the Med Helper app is to help you create a schedule for all the medications and supplements you take on a regular basis, whether that's daily, weekly, monthly or something in-between. Then, when it's time to take your medicine, you can set an alarm to remind you.

Plus this app can also track medications you take as needed.

If you put in the time and effort, you can even have this app track your inventory of medications and let you know when you need to order refills. How cool is that?

There are also menus for noting your vital signs (like pulse, blood glucose and pain level), notes about your health care and contact information for your doctors and pharmacies.  You can also schedule and keep track of your medical appointments and create multiple user profiles (for yourself, your spouse, your kids, etc.)

There is a comprehensive reporting menu which has the ability to export all the information you entered as spreadsheets attached to an email or saved to programs like Evernote.  At some point the folks at Med Helper say they will be adding a cloud backup feature and I would gladly pay for the Pro version to use it.

There is some work involved to get started, so be prepared because it will take some time to enter in all your prescriptions, especially if you are taking multiple medications. But once they are in there, you are good to go.  Plus if you stop a medication, there is no need to delete it, which is helpful if you ever need to start taking it again in the future.

I tried several similar app before I found Med Helper and I think this is by far the best one.  It is a pretty comprehensive app, but after using it for a while I do have some suggestions for making it even bettert:

  • add a sync function to the Android contact and calendar for the doctor and pharmacy contact information and appointment scheduling
  • allow the user to create a medication schedule based on the time of day (morning, noon, evening, etc.) instead of specific times (8 am, 12 PM, 7PM)

I was so impressed that I rated Med Helper 5 stars on my review at Google Play.

Quick App Facts

Med Helper

available for Android and iOS

requires Android 2.1 and up

rated 4.3 out of 5 on Google Play

downloads: between 50K and 100K in the last 30 days on Google Play

current version: 2.5 1 1

last updated: 9/11/2012

price: Lite free
           Pro $3.99
website: http://medhelperapp.com/

Screenshots (click to enlarge)

From the Google Play website:


Prescription and Pill reminder. Full featured with logging and data export.  Your healthcare assistant.

MedHelper tracks medication, treatment and appointment schedules and stores information for accurate prescription inventory, gentle reminders and an ongoing exportable log. Taking the right medication at the right time is essential to your personal healthcare. Never miss a dose again.


-Multiple profiles for family healthcare coordination.
-Alarm reminder with snooze.
-Log of past doses.
-Track multiple prescriptions and inventory.
-Track vitals.
-Record Healthcare team’s contact information and appointments.
-Record Pharmacy information and prescription notes (refills available, etc.)
-Flexible scheduling.
-Exportable reports.


Med Helper is designed to require minimal input. For simple situations it can be configured in a couple of minutes. Use it to track prescriptions, refills, medications, doctors, pharmacies and relevant personal info such as allergies.

Notifications alert you when it's time to take medication allowing you to record the specific dosage, snooze the reminder or skip the dosage entirely. Can also be used to track dosages for take as needed medication to help stay within the recommended hourly limits.

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