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Medication Alerts, Part One

Reminding User-Patients of Their Medications

Issue: 13.6 (November/December 2015)
Author: JC Cruz
Author Bio: JC is a freelance writer based in British Columbia. He is a regular contributor to MacTech Magazine and Dr Dobb's Journal. Away from the writing pile, JC spends quality time with his nephew, as a proper uncle should.
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In my last article, I demonstrated how I gave the personal-health record (PHR) project the ability to track medication. This ability, however, is far from complete. It needs one more thing—the means to remind user-patients.

This is my topic for today. I shall explain how user-patients can benefit from medication alerts. I shall introduce a common alert module, one that works with both health forecasting and medication tracking. And I shall show how to incorporate that alert module into the project.

An updated copy of the FooHealth project (Mk5) is available from the magazine's website. Readers must have a working Xojo setup on hand, as well as working knowledge of the Xojo language.

Medication with Alerts

Medication tracking works better when it can interact with user-patients through alerts. A medication alert helps user-patients follow their dosage schedule as planned. It ensures the right dosage is taken at the right time. If user-patients missed a dosage, a medication alert can prevent overdosing by discouraging, if not avoiding, double dosage.

Medication alerts keep track consumption after each confirmed use. They also keep track of expiration dates and remind user-patients with the appropriate message.

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