A working prototype of an electronic system to help caregivers and children with chronic illness manage medications has been well received and, most importantly, demonstrates that young children can help ensure they receive medications on time throughout their day, according to a study recently reported in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.
Kids with special health care needs who require multiple medications often miss doses, especially at school. The goal here was to design, develop and evaluate a “next generation prototype” of a personal health record to support medication management for these children. Developers relied on a user-centered, participatory design process involving focus groups, site visits, a pilot study, and online user testing.
Believing their most important contribution has been demonstrating young children can participate in their own medication management, developers are working toward a larger pilot study and plan to integrate MyMediHealth into a patient portal to assess its impact on medication adherence rates and quality of life.