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Smartphone apps for seniors and caregivers

Prescription delivery
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Prescription delivery

The GetMyRx app, recently introduced in South Florida and scheduled to roll out nationally by the end of the year, allows users to scan a prescription into a smartphone and have it delivered within a few hours.

According to a recent National Institutes of Health study, says Luis Angel, founder and CEO of GetMyRx, "Thirty percent of e-scripts for adults are never filled at all -- and some studies say that for paper scripts the leakage is higher. About 70 percent of the time it's a behavioral issue of procrastination or forgetfulness."

The median wait at a pharmacy is 45 minutes, he says -- an experience people tend to put off. "This is a way to overcome the hassle through a mobile app."

After an initial entry of name, contact information and insurance data, users only have to scan a new or refill prescription into their smartphones. GetMyRx matches them with a local pharmacy in its network. The pharmacy will call to confirm and deliver the prescription to the patient's home or office the same day at no extra cost.

Right now, the app can be downloaded free from the Apple Store, but Angel says an Android version is coming soon.

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