Mango Health App Makes Taking Your Medication More Fun

A year ago today The New York Times blogged about MySpace alumni heading off to start new ventures, and Mango Health was one of those. Yesterday they updated their app for iOS8, and it's worth taking a look.

I've written before about pill bottles and caps that are attempting to address the prevalent issue of medication adherence, and Mango Health is a smartphone app version of this. It was reported in 2013 that 39% of people aged 55-64, and 18% of those over the age of 65 use a smartphone, but when 75% of adults in the US don't take medication as prescribed, and 4/5 adults take some combination of medications, it's a large population that can benefit from using this simple, fun and free iPhone app. 

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It works by manual input, so unlike pill bottles that will send you and/or your doctor a notification when the bottle has or hasn't been opened, this app requires you to input the fact that you've taken your medication. But reminders can be set to ensure you take your medication, and it has some nice additional information, like showing you the side effects of your medication, especially the potentially dangerous interactions between the medications you are taking, including your supplements. With a database of 11,000 prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and major nutritional substances, the app is very comprehensive. It also notifies you when you are running low on medication so you can order a refill. 

The main interface shows you an overall picture of your progress, with the number of doses missed, and perfect days, in an attempt to gamify the experience, plus you can earn points for your adherence to your drug taking schedule. You can even win rewards like gift cards, or a chance to donate to your favorite charity.

It's a really comprehensive app, and the gamifying aspects are a nice touch, but it would be even better if it could be linked to a pill bottle, so the app just knows that I'm adhering to my medication schedule. I'm a perfection seeker I know. Download the Mango Health App here.