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Walgreens app now Windows 8 compatible

BY Jason Owen

DEERFIELD, Ill — Walgreens today announced its app is available for download on mobile phone devices across the Windows Phone 8 platform. A Windows 8 version for desktops and tablets is expected to become available at a later date.

Additionally, the company will soon release its QuickPrints API designed for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

"As we continue to innovate, we’re always identifying relevant ways to engage with our customers wherever, whenever and however they prefer," said Abhi Dhar, Walgreens e-commerce chief technology officer. "Providing our app to consumers on the Windows Phone 8 platform makes it easier for customers to shop with us, while extending our QuickPrints API creates greater value for developers interested in offering an enhanced experience for their user."

Unique features of the app allow users to create shortcuts on the device’s home screen, which allows for easy access with a single tap. Also, voice recognition can open the app or any of its features.

"Apps come to life on Windows Phone thanks to features like Live Tiles and the ability to integrate directly with the phone¹s own speech and Wallet capabilities," said Todd Brix, general manager of Windows Phone Apps for Microsoft Corp. "Walgreens takes advantage of all of these features and more to enable people to quickly refill prescriptions and easily use their Balance Rewards card directly from their Windows Phone device."

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MedFolio launches electronic pillbox to improve patient adherence

BY Jason Owen

SAN FRANCISCO — MedFolio, a medical technology firm founded by a pharmacist, announced this week the availability of a new wireless electronic pillbox designed to help patients improve medication adherence.

The new wireless MedFolio device syncs medication adherence reports to a secure online cloud server that allows caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals — upon being granted access — to monitor whether medications are being taken as prescribed or to detect any problematic patterns.

For patients with active lifestyles, MedFolio’s Wireless Electronic Pillbox can email and text medication reminders to patients who often don’t take time for their pills and other medication. And for stay-at-home patients, there is a unique audio and visual (LED) system to alert the patient to their next dosage of medications. 

Accurate reporting of a patient’s adherence helps healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care specific to each patient’s needs. And accurate weekly reporting of home medication adherence provides peace of mind to children of aging parents as well as other loved ones living apart who are unable to monitor adherence or administer care in person.

The MedFolio Electronic Pillbox is portable and sleek. The company bills it as a medication management tool of the 21st century with its ability to access medical information remotely, share medication records and accurately track medication adherence.

Company president and veteran pharmacist Julie Fulmer-Mason recently said, "We are excited with the innovative developments of our pillbox technology and the direction we are headed for in 2013. We are still very much committed to individual families who want to effectively manage loved one’s medications while they age at home." She added, "However, we are also now looking forward to developing relationships with healthcare organizations and giving them the opportunity to customize our online cloud server to their individual needs so they can remotely track home medication adherence and optimize efforts in reducing readmission rates."

 

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KidzControl Volume Limit Headphones win 2013 NAPPA Gold Award

BY Sierra McCleary-Harris

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. — Kidz Gear announced today that it has been named a 2013 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Gold winner, recognized for its KidzControl Volume Limit Headphones.

Kidz Gear headphones feature the proprietary KidzControl volume limit technology. The technology works by “limiting” the volume to approximately 80% of the maximum volume output capable from audio devices in the market today.

KidzControl volume limit technology delivers a safe volume, limited-listening experience for children of all ages. Ergonomically designed with soft, padded, child-sized ear-cups and high-quality audio components, the KidzControl Volume Limit Headphones are available in a variety of colors and priced at $19.99. The headphones are available immediately from such U.S. retailers as Target, Brookstone and InMotion Airport Stores. They also are available directly at GearForKidz.com, Amazon.com and other online retailers.

“Each year, the experts and parent testers on our jury dive in and review, play with and meticulously test each entry we receive,” said Julie Kertes, NAPPA general manager. “The products honored with the NAPPA seal this year stood out because of their innovation, quality and the creative ways they help make parents’ lives easier.”

A complete list of all 2013 NAPPA Parenting Resources winners is available at NAPPAawards.com.

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