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Multi-Prescription Integrated Instruction Schedule

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013484D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an idea for a medication dosing scheduler computer program. The program accepts input from a user (user profile data and medication information) and generate a schedule and/or real-time reminders indicating when medication should be taken by the patient. Explanation of Problem Solved There are many factors which impact the time which a patient takes prescribed medication (prescription or over the counter). These factors are, but may not be limited to: of doses in one day

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Multi-Prescription Integrated Instruction Schedule

Disclosed is an idea for a medication dosing scheduler computer program. The program accepts input from a user (user profile data and medication information) and generate a schedule and/or real-time reminders indicating when medication should be taken by the patient.

Explanation of Problem Solved

There are many factors which impact the time which a patient takes prescribed medication (prescription or over the counter). These factors are, but may not be limited to:

# of doses in one day

# of doses total per prescription

Multiple medications

Dependency on waking / resting time

Dependency on food

Take after eating

Take before eating

When a patient needs to determine when to take medications, and the " rules" are complex due to differing requirements to take the medication (which may be compounded by a mix of long term medications and short term medications), the tendency is to not follow the dosing requirements noted on each medication in an effort to simplify the decision of when to take the medications. While this approach is simple in nature, the results may be that the patient does not derive the full benefit of the prescribed medications due to this "rule bending".

The solution is to develop a program which allows input of personal profile data and medication requirements to generate a printed or on-line schedule which may be printed for the patient to keep as a schedule/diary for the medication. Both the on-line & printed versions of the schedule should allow the patient to indicate the actual time the medication was taken. The program can be extended to perform an active reminder role, by allowing setup of a pager for notifications when medication should be taken, and when food should be eaten in preparation for taking medication. The active notification process is not limited to the use of a pager for notification. The notification could be of any form initiated by the computer that the program is developed to run on (for example, a pop-up message may

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