TECH HELPS: Carers now have an app to help keep track of multiple medications their patients might take.
TECH HELPS: Carers now have an app to help keep track of multiple medications their patients might take. Martinbowra

New app feature to make life easier for carers

FOR carers who must keep track of a large amount of prescribed medication, for sometimes more than one patient, there's now an app that can make your life much easier.

The popular NPS MedicineWise app has now released a new feature to help log details for more than the one patient, making it a great app for carers nationwide.

NPS MedicineWise is a not-for-profit company funded by the Department of Health, and the app was developed as part of MedicineWise's commitment to supporting the quality use of medicines in Australia.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around 2.7 million Australians are caring for loved ones who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, or are faced with other health circumstances.

NPS MedicineWise CEO Steve Morris said that keeping on track of medicines can be a confusing task for people who care for more than one patient.

"Keeping track of the medicines for someone you care for has just become a little easier with these new features,” Mr Morris said.

"Our MedicineWise app now supports carers who care for others, while remaining the trusted repository of patient health information, and up-to-date and accurate information on medicines and relevant medical conditions.”

This can also benefit patients who are being cared for by multiple people.

"Building on its core functions of storing lists of medicines, scheduling reminders, and tracking when medicines are taken, carers and patients can now share this information between multiple carers,” Mr Morris said.

"This way, all carers can be sure that no medicine has been forgotten or given twice.

"Caring for others is no easy feat, and more than half of primary carers provide care for at least 20 hours per week, often supported by others, so we wanted to ensure our app cares for those carers.”