By Gofire Staff

Remembering when and how to take medication can be a giant hassle—but the consequences of not remembering can have serious ramifications.

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine explores medication adherence, a term that refers to a patient’s ability to stick to the medication regimen approved by their health-care provider. The researchers found that “poor adherence causes approximately 33% to 69% of medication-related hospitalizations and accounts for $100 billion in annual health-care costs.”

A more recent estimate put the annual cost of non-adherence in the U.S. at between $100 billion and $300 billion.

People use all sorts of tricks and tools to manage their meds, from Post-it Notes and alarms to fridge magnets and pill boxes. Of course, everyone is different, and any system that helps a person take medication regularly is a good system. But some recent data tells us that people who use automation technology and / or take advantage of digital solutions such as health-tracking apps are far more successful than those who just track their health mentally or manually.

A 2016 study of nearly half a million people enrolled in Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc) produced some astonishing findings. BRhc enrollees earned points by tracking certain activities, but the method they used to track their metrics made all the difference in their engagement.

Participants could either manually enter their activity data to the BRhc portal or use a linked app or device that automatically tracked and uploaded the data for them. Manual trackers, on average, stayed in the program for 10.54 weeks, while participants whose activities were automatically logged stayed in the program for an average of 24.01 weeks. Automatic health tracking reduced the challenges of participation and made it easier for users to stay with the program.

Automation makes modern life easier. Anyone who has ever set up autopay for a recurring bill knows that digital solutions and automations help us meet our obligations and responsibilities, while reducing our stress and increasing our free time. Technology is now available to help patients meet their health goals, manage their medications and even track patient history, providing actionable information for patients and their doctors.

All of the above helps explain why Gofire designed a technology health suite for plant-based medicines: It takes the guesswork out of using plant medicine and removes the hurdles to medication consistency. The Gofire App automates the tracking process by monitoring doses and session results. The app also gives you access to the Gofire community’s valuable database of anonymous product ratings—discover products that others in the Gofire community found helpful for their specific health goals, whether it’s pain relief, restful sleep or easing anxiety, to name a few.

Why tote around a cumbersome pillbox or bother with phone alarms and health journals when you can manage your plant medicine automatically? Gofire has made the plant medication-management system of the future. We hope you’ll join the Gofire community to see how easy it can be.

Download the free Gofire App here.