Microsoft, NextGen team up on medication-record application

NextGen MedicineCabinet designed to improve adherence, monitoring

HORSHAM, Pa. — A division of Quality Systems has teamed up with Microsoft to develop and launch what it called the first joint consumer-based mobile healthcare information technology application for the Windows 8 platform.

QSI subsidiary NextGen Healthcare announced the partnership with Microsoft to create the NextGen MedicineCabinet application, which allows customers to create, store, track and share personal medication records. NextGen said the application, available free of charge from the Microsoft app store, would enable customers to take an active role in care collaboration, setting the stage for future consumer-based healthcare information technology services, available anywhere and anytime across any mobile network.

"Windows 8 is providing new ways for healthcare IT developers like NextGen to enable consumers to use one device to take charge of their own health care and well-being," Microsoft chief health strategy officer for U.S. health and life sciences Dennis Schmuland said. "With the MedicineCabinet app, patients can easily and seamlessly tap, type or swipe to share and stay connected."

NextGen said the app would allow providers to identify drug interactions, recognize potentially inappropriate medications, reduce unnecessary medication and supplication of therapies, monitor medications, improve adherence and enhance patients' understanding of how to use their medications.

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