The functionality that includes Medicamento Accesible Plus allows people with some type of visual functional diversity to access the information contained in the leaflet of the medicines in a totally accessible way as well as to the location of the pharmacies closest to the user's location.
In this case we do an analysis on the features that this application has for people with reduced or no vision.
The Medicamento Accesible Plus application has several methods to get the medicine's package leaflet:
Scan medicine code
For this functionality, the smartphone's rear camera is used. You can scan the medication's barcode in real time. Once that the barcode is detected, a button is shown on the screen that allows access to the medication information.
Medication national code
In this option you can enter in a text field the 7-digit code that identifies the medication and which is located on the top of the box. After pressing the search button, medication name is shown, and clicking on it, it accesses the information of the same.
In this option, you can enter medication name in a text box. After pressing the search button, a medicine list that matches with that name is shown. Selecting medication name from the list it accesses the information of the same.
In this menu option, a medication list that the user has previously added to the medicines list is shown. If you click on a medication's name, the information of that medication is shown.
This function allows the user to locate the nearest pharmacies to their current location. The first time it is accessed, permission is requested to access to the user's location. Once it is accessed, the nearest pharmacies list is shown, ordered by its proximity. If you click on a pharmacy's name, its location is shown in Google Maps application on Android or Maps on Ios.
In this option, the user can indicate some conditions that may interfer with the use of certain medications that he is consulting or has stored in My medicines, such as, in the case of being a woman, pregnant or lactating, or certain food intolerances. The user can check the boxes corresponding to these conditions. When the user consults the medicines stored in My medicines or performs a search for a medication, the application warns of interference with these conditions.
This option allows the user to indicate to the application if he wants the legal conditions screen and the help screen to be shown everytime he opens the same, checking or unchecking the corresponding checkbox.
This option shows the user the general information of the application.
The interest shown by the General Council of Official Associations of Pharmacists, the ONCE Foundation and the Vodafone Spain Foundation for the development of applications that contribute to the accessibility of people with special needs is evident. The Medicamento Accesible Plus application is a great tool for people with reduced or no vision, allowing them to access information on the leaflets of medicines in a fast, simple and accessible, as well as the location of the nearest pharmacies to the user's location. The possibility to indicate certain specific conditions to the user that may affect the use of medications consulted or stored in the application is also very useful.
- Information about medications, as well as pharmacies and other options, is shown in a clear and simple way.
- All aplication's element have clear and concise names.
- It presents different methods of finding medicines.
- It allows locating the nearest pharmacies.
- It warns of interference with user specific conditions.
- There is a version for both Android and IOS.
- It's free.
- The application accessibility is fantastic with screen readers, and it presents an easy and simple design, although it can be proposed in future versions the inclusion of a high contrast option for people who use magnifiers systems.
- The menu is simple and fast, being well structured, although the inclusion of quick access tabs could be suggested for future versions to certain menu options.
- The pronunciation of the different elements of the application is great in both Android and IOS, although it could be investigate the possibility that Talkback pronounces the word "menu" better in Spanish.
- In future versions, an alternative system to the barcode scan could be included to identify the medication when this is missing in the container, such as when the seal coupon is removed at the pharmacy (in Spain), as well as reading the one included in the medication flap.
- It could be interesting in future versions to include some section that allows to indicate the dose of the prescribed medication as well as some notification system to take the medication.
- The camera correctly detects the barcode in low light conditions, although it could be study the possibility of including a button in the camera to activate the flash to improve detection on IOS version.
- Talkback has a gesture to go back to the previous screen, but it could be interesting to include a cancel button on the camera on Android version.