Taking care of one's health is always important as is another's if you are a primary caregiver. For some, juggling the responsibility of Doctor's appointments, medications, and other obligations requires some extra help. CF PillPad is one such application to alleviate the stress of remembering prescriptions, dosages, and physician contact information. Last year when reciting my Mother's list of medications you should have seen how we tried to recall all of them by heart to the admitting nurse. Being able to produce the list at a moments notice is important during an emergency situations.
CF PillPad is not a new application as the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 versions were already featured. This new iteration for BlackBerry 10, however, has been rebuilt using cascades from the ground up. The entire nature of the application has been changed from top to bottom. Not only does it bring with it a snappy new and fluid interface but the menus, input screen, logo, icons, and even the calculator have been giving a facelift.
For those of you not familiar with CF PillPad, the goal remains the same. It is first and foremost a medication tracking application, though it does expand beyond that purpose. There are links to informative websites such as Web MD, Mayo Clinic, and Drugs.com to research drug interactions, side effects, symptoms, or to gather more details about a specific illness. As an added convenience, there is a section devoted to pharmacies located in the UK, Canada, and the US to refill prescriptions directly from within the application to save time and avoid last minute scrambles.
Being that is has been re-coded, I mentioned earlier the difference in performance. The flow is quicker, menus load faster, you can change the theme from light to dark, and having a backup/restore option comes in handy if you switch devices. Overall, it is a solid, well-built application to manage what my Mother used to call her own personal drugstore. It supports multiple patients, and stores up to ten medications per account, and lets users enter in the prescribing Doctor name and phone number, and notes. One more handy feature I prefer is the ability to enter refill reminders directly into the BlackBerry calendar.
CF PillPad HD draws inspiration from the developer's own experiences in trying to help his son and to spread awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. It is an incredible story and he has created an application that is useful for everyone and their families. Normally priced at $2.99, CF PillPad is currently on sale through Saturday July 5th for only $.99.