New mobile prescription app to help patients stick with medication plan

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The software called MobiDawa which is available on Google Play store helps patients to search for information about drugs, dosage and prescriptions.

It also has a reminder notification, improving patient’s adherence to drugs and outcomes.

Non-adherence to medications is currently estimated to cause about 50 per cent of all treatment failures, according to medics.

The practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices has emerged in recent years in Kenya and other developing countries as a means of providing greater access to larger segments of the population and improving the capacity of health systems in such countries.

MobiDawa joins a number of firms such as WelTel, mPedigree and the recently launched Hello Doctor which have partnered with Safaricom and Commercial Bank of Africa to offer medical consultations on their phones.

Mr Odede says he has been a victim of wrong drug dosage that almost cost him his life and drove him to come up with the app that can curb such disasters.

“I have suffered in the hands of quacks posing as medics and after completing my course last year, I decided to do something that would enable patients to get the right treatment and avoid what happened to me,” said the Maseno University graduate.

Mr Odede and MobiDawa co-founder Simeon Obwogo who is also a software developer came up with the handy tool that makes it easier to stick to strict medication orders, especially when taking multiple prescriptions.

According to Kisumu County Chief Officer of Health Ojwang Lusi, non-adherence means that patients take their mediation in the wrong way, in the wrong dose or in combination with an incompatible second drug.

Some patients do not know the importance of taking medications regularly.

“It will be a bit difficult for everyone to use the application more so the older people but if they can make use of it, it will address the issues of prescription and wrong dosage,” Dr Ojwang said.
Source: Business Daily 30 September 2015