Pills Ping, NG medical alert reminder

Have you taken your medicine today? Pills Ping is a reliable Pill Dispenser / Organizer App that belongs to the New Generation Medical Reminders. It will ensure that you take your medicine, and that you feel certaint that you have done so!

Your New Habit

Let us explain what makes this App tick! That is to say, how it can ensure that you will take your medicine and feel certaint that you have done so.

First of all, as a user of this App you must adopt the following rule as a habit:

Rule: Always take the medicine and confirm the intake at the same time (simultaneously)!
The App will keep track your confirmations and display them in the so called daily view. Should you forget to take the medicine the App will of cource remind you with alert signals.

It follows that the App will tick, but only if you can adopt the above rule as your new habit! Now, you probably think that this rule only can be adopted in theory, by an ideal user, and that you will more likely confirm the medical intake as soon as you hear the alert signal, and then of cource forget to actually take the medicine...

But everyone can effortlessly adopt the rule has their new habit, because every little detail in the new generation reminders is designed to make that habit stick! You will soon discover that it is easier to follow the rule than to break it, and that is why the NG reminders are so reliable!

The NG Reminder Details

Let us consider some specific details of NG reminders. Recall that these details are designed to make it easy to follow the rule
Always take the medicine and confirm the intake simultaneously!

The Time Interval

You should take your pills when it is convenient for you to do so, and this time may differ somewhat from day to day. For each recurring medical event, you should therefore define a time interval. The first time in this interval is when you are allowed to take the medicine, and the latest time is when you should be alerted.

Set the alert to sound after the time you normally take your pills! Each time you take the medicine, open the App and touch confirm to inactivate the pending alert. By following this procedure, you can take your pills when it is convenient, and you will only be reminded if you should forget.

The Postpone and Skip Buttons

Sometimes one knows in advance that one will not be able to take the medicine in time, e.g. if you are on the Movie Theatre and have forgotten to bring your pills. If your reminder App did not have a postpone feature, you would be forced to break the rule and confirm the intake just to silence the App. But, as a Pills Ping user, you can instead open the App and touch postpone a few times to delay the alert signal until you arrive home! Each time you touch postpone the alert is delayed additionally 15 minutes, and you may of cource touch postpone any time. You may also touch skip (if you have decided not take the med).

By using the postpone and skip buttons, you never have to touch confirm unless you actually take the medicine.

The Daily View

The App has only one simple view that you need to interact with on a daily basis. In this view, you can see the medical events for the past 10 days, and for today and tomorrow. It is in this view that you touch confirm, postpone, or skip. And it is in this view you should look if you are not certaint of whether you took the pill or not.

The view is depicted below.

The Programming view

In the programming view you define what medicines to take and when to take them. Each medical event is defined as a time-interval, and the alert-signal will only ping you if you have not taken the medicine at the end of this interval.

The Very Short Alert Signal

When you have forgotten to take the pills you will hear an alert signal. Had the signal been long and irritating, you would be tempted to break the rule and immediately confirm the intake just to silence the App.

But the Pills Ping signal is very short, less than 1 second, there is in fact no time to turn it off! The signal is short because we want to you to follow the rule, take and confirm the pills simultaneously.

The Friendly Fibonacci Repetition

If you don't confirm that you have taken your pills within 1 minute, the App will alert you again. And then again after 2 more minutes, and then again after 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc, more minutes. The time between these reminders increases according to the so called Fibonacci series.

We have found that this increase in time lapse is likely to alert you without irritation. You should not be tempted to break the rule, as you would probably do if you where reminded every minute.

Moreover, if you do not respond to the alert you are probably away from your iPhone. Maybe you have gone out, and forgotten the phone at home! In that case it would be in vain to try to alert you more often than those fibonacci numbers does, it would only irritate your cat, or dog, or some person in your household that should not pick up your iPhone.

Why You Can't Uncheck!

The rule is to take and confirm simultaneously. We have eliminated all reasons for why one should ever want to break that rule. If the user still breaks it, it must be because of a bad habit. If so, the user should know that one cannot undo a confirmation. Thus, if one confirms that the medicin is taken, and then discovers that the pill box is empty, there is no way to undo!

This is not a shortcoming of Pills Ping, but a restriction that we have purposely introduced for two reasons:

There is however one exception. Maybe the user attempted to touch postpone or skipp, but touched confirm by misstake! Everyone can make such a misstake. Therefore, after the user has touched a button he/she has 3 seconds to undo that touch by touching any button again. During these 3 seconds, the user will see a short animation. But after the 3 seconds has passed it is no longer be possible to change the state of that medical event.

The Little Red Badge

If you are have missed an alert you will see a red badge on the App icon the next time you use your iPhone. It is easy to locate the corresponding event in the daily view, and to touch confirm or skipped (or postpone) on that event.

Final Words

This Apps works! You will not forget to take your medicine again. Moreover, the App is not expensive, it has no ads, and it has no subscription fee.

Furthermore, this App has currently the lowest possible introduction price-tag.


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