App Review of ID My Pill: Does It Work?
I was recently asked to review ID My Pill, a new app and, I will say, a much needed app in the world of medicine, one that my family and I have discussed the need for many times.
To use the app, you will need a phone that has internet access and a camera. Place the pill you need identified on to the black area of the scan card, which you print out ahead of time. Open the app, take a photo of the pill in question and click “Send.” Within seconds you receive the top 25 pills that are the closest match to yours along with basic information about the drug (name, etc.)
I scanned and sent for identification each of my medications (five pills, three times each). Every time the pill in question was in the results I received back from ID My Pill. The only issue I had was that some of my pills are yellow and the only one that came back listed was white in color, so do not expect a 100% match. I received the same results when I used several of my mothers pills (six pills, three times each). It looks like the app does not take into account different manufacturer’s use of color; I had the same issue with one of hers which is blue and the match was in white.
The low cost of the app ($4.99) is a great value, especially for those times when you find a pill you can’t identify, or when you drop one into the wrong bottle by accident, or if your doctor changes say your Lasix for the fifth time this month and you’ve don’t know if those are the 20mg or the 40mg, or when you’re not sure if that pill is a pain killer or an anti-depressant. This app could save your caree’s life or your own.
In my opinion, as a family caregiver and a caree, this is a must-have app for everyone who cares for someone, especially someone on multiple drugs, because it provides both safety and piece of mind. ID My Pill should be in every family caregiver’s toolbox. The safety aspect alone far outweighs the cost.
For Simplicity Factor, Cost Factor, Safety Factor, Need Factor, I give this app “Two Caregivers Thumbs Up.”
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