Phone apps help people remember to take their medications

Smartphone apps that remind patients to take their pills could help them stick to prescribed regimens, an Australian study suggests.

Heart patients often take up to four medications a day, three times a day, and that can be overwhelming, said Dr. Karla Santo.

“Our results are really encouraging, especially because the apps that we used were already freely available in the app stores and were already being used by millions of people,” Santo told Reuters Health by email.

As reported in the journal Heart, Santo and colleagues at the University of Sydney in New South Wales randomly divided 150 volunteers . . .

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