Walgreens has been automating and digitizing its pharmacies to improve medication adherence and make it easier for people to refill their prescriptions. In the meantime there are untold number of mobile apps for smartphones and tablets that try to help people manage their medications and other aspects of health. To help integrate their pharmacy into the mobile space, Walgreens released an API (application programming interface) that allows developers to use the company’s prescription refill system right in the apps.
As long as the device the app is being used on can scan barcodes, the user will be able to easily use that app to manage their meds and easily order and pick up refills at Walgreens.
The Walgreens Prescription API marks the first time such technology is available for adoption among mobile app developers who focus on health and wellness, and it is the second API program offered by Walgreens. Last year, Walgreens launched its QuickPrints SDK and API, which provided third-party developers with the ability to integrate in-store photo services for its users. The Walgreens Prescription API has been adopted by several app developers including Healthspek and PocketPharmacist.
(hat tip: mobihealthnews)