Take My Meds: Setting Up Medication Reminders

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Overview

Take-My-Meds reminds you when to take your medication each day, at the appropriate times of the day.

In version 3.0 of MedAdvisor, Take-My-Meds has been improved, providing you with new scheduling options, a new daily calendar, and allows you to link medications to times of the day, so that you can be reminded what medications to take, at different times of the day.

The following guide will outline how to setup and use Take-My-Med reminders.

Take-My-Med reminders are only available when using Apple or Android smart phones or tablets. Please note that the reminders will appear different, and have slightly different features based on whether your are using an Android device or an iOs (Apple) device.

Standard Reminders

To access the Take-My-Meds screen, tap on Take-My-Meds in the Android menu, or tap More - Take-My-Meds on the Apple device.

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Two tabs will be displayed; Today and Settings.

The Today tab shows a summary of all reminders which you've setup to run today.

The Settings tab allows you to change or edit Take-My-Settings and reminders.

When you first install MedAdvisor, four standard, daily reminders are setup (but not enabled): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Bed Time. This is because the majority of regular medications are taken one or more times a day, with meals or at bed time.

Note that all of these reminders are initially switched off.

You can switch each reminder on or off, by tapping on the On/Off slider.

For the standard (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Bed Time) reminders, you can adjust the time of day that they occur at (by tapping on the reminder box to view its settings, and then tapping on time. You can also optionally link medications to the reminder, however, this will be discussed later. All other information is fixed.

Custom Reminders

For more complicated medications or dosing regimes, MedAdvisor allows you to create custom reminders.

Custom reminders allow you to create reminders that occur at a specific time on (e.g.) different days of the week, every second day, once per month or year etc.

To create a custom reminder, tap on the Plus (+) icon at the top, right hand side of the tab:

To create the reminder, each of the fields of information should be completed.

Label: The name or label of the alert.

Days: The schedule (on which days) the alert occurs. The options for scheduling varies based upon whether you are using an Android or iOs device. See Android Scheduling Types and Apple Scheduling Types below.

Time: The time of the alert.

Linked Medicines: Whether any medications are linked to the reminder.

Android Scheduling Types

  • Every Day: Occurs every day.
  • Once per Week: Occurs once per week, on a specified day.
  • Once per Month: Occurs once per month, on the specified day of the month.
  • Once per Year: Occurs once per year, on the specified day of the year.
  • Every number of Days: Occurs every specified number of days (e.g. occurs every 3rd day).
  • Days of the Week: Occurs on all specified days of the week (e.g. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday).

Apple Scheduling Types

  • Every Day: Occurs every day.
  • Once per Week: Occurs once per week, on a specified day.
  • Once per Month: Occurs once per month, on the specified day of the month.
  • Once per Year: Occurs once per year, on the specified day of the year.

Linking Medications to Reminders

You may choose to link medications to any standard or custom reminders.

Please note that this is not required (reminders will still trigger and will display the reminder label), however, it may be helpful (e.g. If you are forgetful, or take multiple medications throughout the day).

To link a medication to a reminder (either when creating or editing a reminder), tap the Linked Medicines item.

A list of medications you are currently or have recently been taking is displayed. This includes medication for people you are caring for. To assign a medication to a reminder, simply tap on the checkbox.

Note that any medications you have finished taking will not be automatically removed from reminders. Instead, they will display with a Finished icon on this screen. You can remove finished medications from reminders by tapping on the checkbox to remove the tick. Until you remove them, they will continue being shown in the reminder.

Deleting Custom Reminders

If you want to remove a custom reminder, tap on the reminder from the Settings tab, and then tap Delete.

Note that the standard reminders (breakfast, lunch, dinner, bed time) cannot be deleted, however, they can be switched off.

Today Tab

The Today tab contains a summary of all reminders which will be displayed for the current day.

If you have linked medications to your reminders (for yourself or the people you care for), these will also be displayed.

Reminder Settings

How a reminder is displayed on your mobile device is dependent upon whether you are running an Apple or Android device, the version of Android or iOS that is installed, and how you setup the reminder within MedAdvisor.

The Alert Settings area of the Settings tab has two settings which are important to control how your reminders are displayed.

The Privacy Mode setting controls whether or not medication names are included in Take-My-Med reminders. It is set to on by default. Turning off privacy mode means that medication names can be included in reminders, and you don't need to open MedAdvisor to see what medications are due. However, based on the security settings on your mobile device, reminders may be seen by other people, so switch off this setting with caution.

If there are no medications linked to reminders, then the Privacy Mode setting will have no effect.

The Play Sound setting controls whether or not an alert tone is played when a reminder is due.

Note that within Android, the volume of this alert tone is controlled by the system Alarm volume (not ringtone volume), so to adjust volume, you will need to adjust the alarm volume in system settings.

In addition to Privacy Mode and Play Alert Sound, for each reminder you can choose between long and short reminder tones in Apple, and notifications vs full screen alarms in Android (please see the next section).

Android Reminder Types

On Android devices, you have the choice of a Status Bar Notification, or a Full Screen Alarm.

A Status Bar Notification shows a small reminder at the top of the screen using the built-in Android notification system. A Full Screen Alarm displays a much larger alarm, which needs to be dismissed.

Please see examples below.

Status Bar Notification (No Linked Medications)

Displayed at the top of the screen:

Displayed when expanding the Android notifications panel:

Status Bar Notification (Linked Medications, Privacy Mode On)

Displayed at the top of the screen:

Displayed when expanding the Android notifications panel: (note that the "1" denotes the number of medications are due)

Status Bar Notification (Linked Medications, Privacy Mode Off)

Displayed at the top of the screen:

Displayed when expanding the Android notifications panel: (note that the "1" denotes the number of medications are due)

Note that by using a "pinch" motion over the reminder will show the medications due:

Full Screen Alarm (No Linked Medications)

Full Screen Alarm (Linked Medications, Privacy Mode On)

Full Screen Alarm (Linked Medications, Privacy Mode Off)

Apple Reminder Types

Apple devices use the built-in iOS notifications system for displaying MedAdvisor reminders. In general notifications will be displayed in the notification bar at the top of the screen:

Reminders on Apple devices will always appear like this, however, you can adjust between a short and a long (repeating) notification sound, to make the reminder more apparent.

Status Bar Notification (No Linked Medications)

Displayed at the top of the screen:

Displayed when expanding the Apple notifications panel:

Status Bar Notification (Linked Medications, Privacy Mode On)

Displayed at the top of the screen:

Displayed when expanding the Apple notifications panel:

Status Bar Notification (Linked Medications, Privacy Mode Off)

Displayed at the top of the screen:

Displayed when expanding the Apple notifications panel:

Actioning

By tapping on the reminder displayed on your Apple or Android device, or (for an Android Full Screen Alarm, dragging the pill from left to right), MedAdvisor will be opened, and the current reminder will be displayed:

Note that now that you are within the MedAdvisor app, you can view medication names and label instructions, regardless of whether Privacy Mode is set to on or off. You can setup a Screen lock or choose to not remember your password within MedAdvisor to control access if you wish.