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Design and Quality Considerations for Developing Mobile Apps for Medication Management: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Design and Quality Considerations for Developing Mobile Apps for Medication Management: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Author(s)/Editor(s): Kevin Yap (La Trobe University, Australia), Eskinder Eshetu Ali (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia) and Lita Chew (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Copyright: ©2021
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3832-6
ISBN13: 9781799838326
ISBN10: 1799838323
EISBN13: 9781799838333



Medication management is an essential component of therapeutic success in the treatment of chronic diseases. However, patients who do not regularly take their prescribed medications are a primary concern of health systems worldwide. A significant proportion of patients on chronic medications fail to adhere to their treatments, and suboptimal adherence leads to dire clinical and financial consequences on the personal level. Moreover, non-adherence can adversely impact public healthcare costs and the clinical outcomes of patients.

Design and Quality Considerations for Developing Mobile Apps for Medication Management: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a collection of innovative research that combines theory and practice on optimizing strategies to improve medication adherence and overall health and wellbeing in patients through the design of usable and reliable mobile app-based systems. Highlighting a broad range of topics including pharmaceutical care, quality assessment, and health behavior frameworks, this book is ideally designed for clinicians, pharmacists, healthcare providers, programmers, software developers, researchers, academicians, and students.

Author's/Editor's Biography

Kevin Yap
Dr. Kevin Yap is an inter-disciplinary cyber-pharmacist at School of Public Health and Psychology, La Trobe University, Australia. He has knowledge in digital media creation, web databases, data mining and analytics. His interests span the whole digital healthcare innovation cycle through the development, utilization, application and/or evaluation of informatics, internet, digital and other health-related technologies in various healthcare settings to enhance medications management in patients, as well as the flow of drug-related information and knowledge to healthcare professionals and patients (e.g. drug databases, mobile apps, telemedicine, social media, virtual platforms, serious games). He has over 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented at more than 70 local and international conferences. His work has also been featured in various media channels. He has received many awards, including the Young Investigator Award (Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer) and the Re-imagine Education International Awards in 3 categories. He is on several journal editorial boards and an invited reviewer for over 30 international journals, conferences and grants.

Eskinder Ali

Eskinder Eshetu Ali is a pharmacist by training and has a BA in economics, a MSc in pharmacoepidemiology and social pharmacy, and a PhD in the design and evaluation of mobile technologies for medication management. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the Department of Pharmaceutics and Social Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Dr. Ali has practical and research experience in the areas of mHealth, health technology assessment, quality evaluation of medication management mobile apps, healthcare financing and quality assurance of health and pharmaceutical services. He has published numerous articles in international peer reviewed journals. He has also served as consultant on a number of projects of national relevance in Ethiopia and has recently been selected for the Principal Investigator role for the ISPOR Africa Network Research Committee. Dr. Ali is also a member of the editorial support team of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice.

Lita Chew

Lita Chew holds concurrent positions as, Head of Pharmacy Department, National Cancer Centre Singapore, and Associate Professor, National University of Singapore. She is a council member of the Singapore Pharmacy Council and sits in numerous committees at the Ministry of Health, Singapore. A/Prof Chew has practiced in the area of oncology for more than 20 years. Her practice and research interests include medication management, medication adherence, pharmacy practice and workforce development. An inspiring pharmacy leader, her work impacts pharmacy practice in Singapore. These include the setting up of a register for specialist pharmacists, establishing training, development and competency frameworks for the pharmacy workforce in Singapore, and leading the National Pharmacy Strategy, a 10-year plan to transform the pharmaceutical landscape in Singapore. A convincing and charismatic leader, A/Prof Chew continues to bridge the profession with her visionary leadership, excellent people skills and passion for her works.


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