How to Configure Medication Reminders in iOS 16 Beta

How to Configure Medication Reminders in iOS 16 Beta

The new Medications feature in the iOS 16 beta may be the most useful of all the Health app features. The CDC reports that 48.6 percent of Americans take at least one prescription medication per day. Unfortunately, an NIH study discovered that 30 to 50% of patients do not adhere to long-term medications — that is, they do not follow their medication schedules. This is a problem that costs the healthcare system millions of dollars each year. However, in the iOS 16 beta, you can log and schedule which medications you take, as well as set reminders on your iPhone or Apple Watch. You can also give your medication list to family members or healthcare providers.

Medication reminder apps have been available for some time, but this is the first time they’ve been included natively in Apple’s Health app. Though the jury is still out on how effective these reminder apps are, experts suggested that this feature is a step in the right direction — particularly if forgetfulness is the main reason you struggle to take medications on a regular basis.

Aside from reminders, the Medications feature allows you to export your medication list and notifies you of any drug interactions you should be aware of. You can also archive any medications you no longer require.

Before we get into the guide, here’s a small bit of information that you may want to know –

According to Apple’s Health app privacy policy, any device that is locked with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID will encrypt your health data (aside from your Medical ID), making it “inaccessible by default.” Enabling two-factor authentication on iOS 12 or later prevents Apple from reading health and activity data synced to iCloud. If you’re concerned about keeping your medications private, make sure you’re using these safeguards.

With the disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the guide –

To begin, open the Health app and select the Browse tab. Scroll down and select Medications, followed by Add a Medication.

Once you choose this option, there are two ways to add a medication to your profile – Use your phone’s camera or search for the medication’s name.

Using your iPhone’s camera

Step 1. If you have a prescription bottle, tap the Camera icon and photograph the label.