Janssen Healthcare Innovation Launches Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager 2.0
Free two-way secure messaging platform, mobile app and website introduces new Care4Charity™ and Care4Family™ features to motivate users to take medications on schedule and support caregivers
SAN DIEGO, September 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a team within Janssen Research & Development, LLC focusing on optimizing healthcare delivery, announced today the launch of Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager 2.0 (mhm.care4today.com). This free mobile platform and website is designed to help people stay on schedule with their medications with special features such as Care4Family™ and Care4Charity™ to support and motivate users to take their medications regularly.
Approximately 50 percent of patients with chronic illnesses do not take their medications as prescribed1, a serious problem that can cause delayed recovery, disease relapse and hospitalization2. In today’s fast-paced world, people often overlook taking medications at the right time every day. There are many reasons people don’t take their medications, but the most commonly cited reason is they simply forget3.
With Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager 2.0, consumers can set up reminders for any kind of prescription or over-the-counter medication, nutritional supplement or any other activity. The platform uses secure, two-way messaging on mobile phones, and each reminder message prompts a response that is recorded in the user’s adherence report. Users can view reports summarizing adherence and share the information with their healthcare provider or caretaker.
Care4Charity™ gives people who take care of their own health the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager 2.0 users can select a charity that will receive a $0.05 donation from Janssen Healthcare Innovation for each day through May 17, 2014 they indicate they have taken all of their medications on time. The initial charities include AIDS United, American Diabetes Association and Save the Children. Janssen Healthcare Innovation has committed a minimum donation of $20,000 to each charity and a maximum additional donation of $90,000 to all of the charities combined for a maximum total donation of $150,000 as part of the Care4Charity™ program.
Care4Family™ allows caregivers to link family members to their account, which enables them to monitor medication adherence for their loved ones. By linking to other Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager 2.0 users, family members will receive a notification if their loved ones fail to take their medications on time. Once alerted, they can call or text their loved ones. Family members can also share their real-time medication compliance with one another and their physicians. With four in 10 adults in the U.S. caring for an adult or child with significant health issues4, and more than 25 percent of children in the U.S. taking medications to treat ongoing health conditions5, Care4Family™ is designed to provide people with extra encouragement to stay on their treatment schedule.
“Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager 2.0 reflects our ongoing commitment to serving the healthcare needs of millions by providing free tools that support and motivate people to take their medications on schedule,” said David Tripi, Partner, Janssen Healthcare Innovation. “With our family support program and charitable donations for each day of adherence, consumers have the opportunity to help others while staying on top of their own treatment regimens.”
Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager 2.0 is an FDA-registered Class 1, 510K exempt medical device and works with almost any mobile phone, regardless of platform, service provider or service plan (both for data and SMS). The platform has photo images of more than 20,000 medications, including generics, designed to help with medication identification. The app can be downloaded directly from the App Store, Google Play or the mhm.care4today.com website. Users can create a free account, schedule medication reminders and update information from either their mobile device or the website.
Janssen Healthcare Innovation
Janssen Healthcare Innovation (JHI) is a team within Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. JHI is dedicated to optimizing healthcare delivery and is creating solutions that will modernize and transform the consumer healthcare experience. We are launching integrated care businesses and building enabling technologies under the Care4Today™ master brand that harness the broad and differentiated capabilities of our company. Our integrated care businesses coordinate care delivery to improve health outcomes and lower cost. We are also developing enabling tools that apply novel technology to healthcare challenges to increase efficiency and effectiveness through coordination, communication and connectivity. For more information, go to: www.janssenhealthcareinnovation.com.
1. Adherence to Long-Term Therapies, Evidence for Action, World Health Organization, 2003
2. The 21st Century Intelligent Pharmacy Project: The Importance of Medication Adherence, Center for Health Transformation, 2010
3. Medication Adherence in America: A National Report Card, National Community Pharmacists Association, 2013
4. Pew Internet & American Life Project: Family Caregivers are Wired for Health, 2013
5. New Research: Kids’ Consumption of Chronic Medications on the Rise. May 19, 2010 press release, Medco Health Solutions, Inc.