When it comes to drug compliance, apps are no quick fix


There’s a mountain of medical apps out there. But are they really any good? Can they prove their clinical worth in rigorous trials?

Researchers from the US took it upon themselves to find out by investigating the medication adherence app most highly rated for usability. That app is Medisafe, which promises to improve drug compliance by sending smartphone alerts if a patient doesn’t take their medicine on time.

In addition to alerts, it provides weekly adherence reports and allows users to set up a ‘Medifriend’, who receives