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Walgreens Releases Windows 7 Application Using Bar Code Technology To Order Prescription Refills

Posted May 09 2011 1:38pm

If you read here often enough, you know I like bar codes and this is one more example on how the label will print out to allow a consumer to refill a prescription with the use of a Windows Smart Phone.  Microsoft is not sitting down with image applications for Windows 7 and recently came up with a development kit whereby developers can take their Iphone applications and create one that will also work on a Windows 7 Mobile based phone.  Microsoft is after all a big player with software and perhaps while maybe always not the leader with hardware, they can come in and support with software.  They have done that for years with Apple and have an entire department in Redmond that does just that as they are second only to Apple with software made for MAC devices. 

Now back to the bar codes here, this will be interesting, although one more small 2D bar code added to allow consumers to check for recalls would be perfect.  I say add the additional bar code as it has uses with other types of applications and could be pretty well universal. 

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This is a nice move and goes toward creating some value for consumers where most eHealth applications leave off in my opinion. It’s not universal as everyone may not use Walgreens, but adding on the 2D bar code could be to help identify FDA recalled drugs.  This requires a collaborated effort of course with the FDA, drug companies and device companies to work together as we all know innovation without collaboration is what is fouling up the US Healthcare system .  BD

Walgreens have released a Windows phone 7 app, and it is far from a half-hearted effort. The app is chockfull with functionality, featuring for example the ability to refill your prescription by scanning the barcode of medication by camera, the ability to order prints of photos taken by your phone camera, checking stock at your local store to save a wasted trip and even directions to your local store.

A full list of features are below:

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