We believe that for many people, better personal health starts with changing their behavior around medication and supplement
management, but they need inspiration to stick with it. Mango Health is built to keep people engaged with their health goals.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
After a 16-week pilot, Mango Health today unveiled a new mobile application that inspires people to better manage and improve their personal health. For the four out of five U.S. adults who take medications and nutritional supplements every week,taking medications correctly and understanding potentially dangerous interactions between drugs, supplements and even foods can be challenging. Designed to make managing medications and nutritional supplements easier, safer and maybe even fun, the Mango Health app rewards people for correctly following their doctor-prescribed treatment regimens with the chance to win gift cards from their favorite brands and make donations to leading charities. A new kind of platform that connects global brands with health-oriented consumers in innovative ways, Mango Health also announced today that Target will participate in the app’s reward program with gift cards. The Mango Health app is available now as a free download on the Apple App Store.
“Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just involve exercise and nutrition. Understanding how medications and supplements interact with each other and improving adherence to doctor-prescribed treatment regimens can make a significant impact on patient outcomes and reduce overall costs to the U.S. healthcare system,” said Rahul C. Deo MD and PhD, a medical advisor to Mango Health and a physician on the faculty at the UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco. “Mango Health is a great tool for helping people stay on track with their personal health programs.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four out of five adults in the U.S. now take a combination of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements each week - yet most people aren’t aware of the risks from potentially dangerous interactions between medications, supplements and food. At the same time, 75 percent of U.S. adults don’t take medications as prescribed by their doctors.
The Mango Health app is based on game design principles that keep people engaged and motivated to change behavior and improve their health over time. The app enables consumers to easily check for interactions between medications, supplements and foods on the go and sends reminders so no dose is missed. When medications are taken on time, points are earned that unlock the chance to win real-world rewards. Mango Health keeps a record of medications and supplements taken, creating a personal health journal and single destination for health history.
“Medication non-adherence costs the U.S. Healthcare system $300B a year – a figure that is enough to provide health services to approximately 45 million additional Americans,” said Jason Oberfest, co-founder and CEO of Mango Health. “We believe that for many people, better personal health starts with changing their behavior around medication and supplement management – but they need inspiration to stick with it. Mango Health is built around game design to motivate people and keep them engaged with their personal health goals.”
About Mango Health
A new personal health management company, Mango Health builds fun and engaging mobile applications that inspire consumers to improve their health. Founded in 2012, Mango Health is located in San Francisco and has raised 3.1M in seed funding from First Round Capital, FLOODGATE, Baseline Ventures, Mark Pincus, Keith Rabois, Ray Rothrock and Bullpen Capital. For more information, please visit http://www.mangohealth.com or our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mangohealth. On Twitter, please follow @MangoHealth.