Medfolio Pill Organizer

Medfolio Do you have a relative or love one who is on a lot of medication that they are constantly forgetting to take. Perhaps you have trouble keeping track of your own medicine. If these cases sound familiar to you then you may be interested in the new Pill box by Medfolio. Julie Fulmer-Mason a pharmacist is the creator of the pill-box by Medfolio.

This is an old fashion pill-box brought into the twenty-first century. The pill-box comes with a CD which the user down loads to their computer. They connect the box to the computer by USB. They then enter the medicine they are taking, how often they are supposed to take it, how many days they are to take it for and what time of day they should take it into the easy to use software. Then they put the pills in the proper box. This can be either set up by the user or often their pharmacist will set it up for them.

Once it is set up then when it is a time to take a pill the box will send out both an audio and visual reminder. The actual compartment where the correct pill is will also light up. The user can remove a compartment and take it with them and still get a reminder by either text or email. The user can print out a chart of the pills they are taking and place that chart on the pill-box lid along with sample pills. The patient can take the box along with them to the doctor, that way both the patient and the doctor will know exactly what medicine the patient is on. There is also a  cloud service available which can be used to keep track of things remotely. Great for families with elderly parents who live far away.

The basic pill-box is $248 and the WiFi version with cloud service is $298.00. There is an $8.00 monthly service fee for the text and email reminders.  The Medfolio Pill Organizer is available through Medfolio,  Amazon, QVC and Buy.com

Interview by Chris Montera of Health Tech Weekly

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VoCal For The iPhone

You are going somewhere and you remember you have a meeting later in the day. You need to make a quick note to remind yourself to pick up some paper work. If you have an iPhone a quick and easy way to do it is by using the VoCal app from GZERO. With the VoCal app you simply tap on the application record your note then add the date and time and tap save.

In the VoCal app under setting you can set the default reminder to go off on the schedule time, or from 5 minutes before up to 2 weeks before the event. You can adjust the time of the reminder with each message. You can also set a reminder to go off within in a specific time such as in an hour using the quick entry option. You can also make any reminder recurring. You can either have an alarm go off or if you want you can set it to have the message go off. There is an option in setting to start a recording by bring the iPhone up to your ear with VoCal active. I didn’t like the way it works so I did not enable it. I also wish you could add the date and time within the recording, instead of manually, but I recognize that not realistic at this time. If you want you can have a reminder automatically sync to your default iCal calendar. You can also set a default snooze time. You can also set all nonrecurring recording to delete after a specific time. Below is a short video demonstrating VoCal

 

I just started using VoCal, but I already like it. I am constantly remembering something I am supposed to do later while walking. I simply pull out the iPhone, hit the VoCal icon,record my message, set the time and hit save. It is much easier than typing a note then sending it to iCal. VoCal is $1.99 in the app store and it is well worth a try