Health App Wrap

Pharmacy TimesOctober 2013 Diabetes
Volume 79
Issue 10

Our round-up of the latest health and pharmacy apps.

MeDSnap ID

MedSnap ID allows pharmacists to identify patient medications in seconds, simply by using the iPhone’s on-board camera and a proprietary Snap Surface, allowing them to save valuable time during Brown Bag or Medication Therapy Management sessions.

The app visually identifies more than 3000 US prescription pills, including brand name and generic medications, with updates to each added weekly. It includes more than 2000 drug monographs and features drug—drug interaction alerts and drug–disease interaction alerts.

The app records a history of each snap and allows users to add custom notes, patient insights, and photos to each snap. Snap history can also been accessed through the MedSnap ID portal.

The app is password protected for privacy and security, and an additional security option prevents data from snaps from being stored on the phone.

The app offers unlimited snaps and does not require Internet connection, cellular signals, or WiFi.

Although the app is free, it requires a subscription to MedSnap ID for $7 per month or $70 per year. Snap surfaces are available in 2 sizes: 1 made to fit in a coat pocket ($20 for a pack of 2), and a premium tray with a durable cover ($30). All Snap surfaces are water and alcohol proof and can be disinfected by wiping with an alcohol swab.


Free; however, the app requires a subscription and the manufacturer’s MedSnap Surface

Compatible With: iPhone

Download: 13BVHxI

Pharmacists can recommend WaveSense Diabetes Manager to patients searching for a tool to track glucose readings, carbohydrate intake, and insulin doses. Its features include a blood glucose level logbook and trend chart as well as carbohydrate and insulin tracking. Color-coded results make tracking high or low ranges easy, and the app allows users to set target ranges, blood sugar limits, and mealtime schedules. Videos provided by dLife can educate patients about healthy eating and lifestyle choices and allow users to hear from other patients with diabetes.

Cost: Free

Compatible With: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Download: iTunes:

Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary brings the 110-year-old medical reference to iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices, while still offering definitions of current medical terms. It includes 120,000 entries and 1500 illustrations, as well as 35,000 audio pronunciations. Its search tool includes a quick search feature, a keyword search, and a “fuzzy filter” for when users are unsure of a word’s correct spelling.

Cost: $49.99

Compatible With: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android devices

Download: Android:; iTunes:

Pharmacists who use iPads may worry about germs collecting on the devices. With its standardized interactive guide, deBac-app creates a day-to-day cleaning routine for the iPad. Developed by hygiene experts at the Hanover Medical School and the Frobese GmbH Informatikservices, the app features include a log process that documents each cleaning step, the time and date it occurred, and whether the process is terminated. The logs can be e-mailed or printed for additional documentation requirements.

Cost: Free

Compatible With: iPad


Rx Trax is a free, HIPAA-compliant iPad app allowing pharmacy managers to track and monitor prescription deliveries to patients’ homes or to long-term care facilities. The app stores the date, time, location, signature, and picture identification of the patients or facility and also provides directions to the location. Drivers can easily retrieve information and customize their routes using the app. Cloud-based technology allows pharmacists or technicians to add or edit deliveries at any time, even if the driver has already left the pharmacy.

Cost: Free

Compatible With: iPad


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