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Developing a medicines management app
In July 2018 the Medicines for Children project was awarded funding and practical support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief's "Tech for Good" programme. Through this grant we will use new technology to develop a tool to provide assistance to parents and carers managing complex medicines regimes at home.
The app is currently in the research phase where we are looking to speak to parents of children with complex medical needs or chronic health conditions which require regular medicines.
We are seeking input from families who are willing to let us observe the process they follow in recording and administering daily medicines to their child, so that we can gain further understanding into their methods and the impact on everyone involved.
We are also interested in learning about any ‘tools’ you use to help keep track of administering complex medication such as a diary, a whiteboard, special containers etc and would welcome any photos and comments you have to share about these tools.
If you have any questions, photos to share or would like to help us with this research, please get in touch with the team: Medicines.Leaflets@rcpch.ac.uk
Proposed timeline for app development
Our survey (8th-17th August) to learn more about how parents/carers manage medicines at home has now closed. We had an excellent response to this survey with over 220 parents and carers sharing their experiences of how they manage complicated regimes at home, and how technology could help in their daily lives. The wider picture gathered from this survey, using the general trends, will be used to inform our future work and provide evidence for the need for new solutions for parents/carers to manage their child's medication.
The app development team will be holding an engagement event at the RCPCH London Office on Thursday 6th September, 10am – 1pm. At this event the team will provide background to the plans for our medicines management tool, and discuss the initial feedback we have received from parents and carers. Even though the apps main focus is on meeting the needs of parents/carers, it is vital to involve healthcare professionals early on in the development of any medical apps, to ensure that the eventual end product is one that they can engage with and hopefully endorse in their future clinical practice. For more information on this event, please email the team at RCPCH: Medicines.Leaflets@rcpch.ac.uk
Previous app development updates
- Funding received from Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for the 9-month 'Tech for Good' programme.
- Initial meetings took place between the Medicines for Children team, WellChild and our digital partner, Reason Digital.
- Following a design sprint in Manchester with Reason Digital and parents/carers, paediatricians and pharmacists, and early meetings with Comic Relief, it was decided that the first few months of the 9-month programme are to be spent consulting with parents and carers of children who require regular medication to see how technology could help in their daily lives.