Bilingual freeware to support drug administering in (private) health care
To get a fast an full picture here's the content from PillPlan's Info page:
This solution was developed to allow for the orderly administering of medication to patients receiving care by several helpers, e.g. persons receiving care at home. By using PillPlan each helper stays informed about which medication has already been administered by another helper at a given time on a given day.
PillPlan is intended in the first place for private persons that have to care for an ill family member at home. Possibly the program could also be used by home nursing organizations and even by general practitioners.
PillPlan can accommodate any number of patients and drug names, a maximum of 6 drugs per patient and a maximum of 5 administering times at 13 different times of the day, up to 1 year ahead.
PillPlan ist not networkable.
Installation and de-installation
Unzip all files in archive PILL122.ZIP (1.7 MB) into any (new) folder. To remove PillPlan, simply delete all its files (and the folder). To run PillPlan execute PILLPLAN.EXE. In case you are already a happy owner of FileMaker Pro v4.0 or better, you can simply download the *.fp3 files (500 K) .
Technical minimum requirements
Windows 95 or better
Optimum screen resolution 800 x 600
Arial font installed
PillPlan is fully bilingual (English and German). Be careful however with drug names - they are derived from the same list but may have different spelling, names and meaning in the two languages and/or the various countries. The list can be freely edited (see the 'Drug name' button on the patient data screen.
Switching between languages will not change data like drug names or dates but only affect field titles, button titles and date formats.
The list of drugs to choose from can be edited freely and has an export and import facility. The number of drug names is unlimited. Drug names may be up to 29 characters long. The drug names included in the installation archive serve as examples only, as do the patients John Schmidt and Ursula Jones.
On the patient data screen you need to fill in some basic data like the patient's name, gender, date of birth and the drug-related data.
You may also fill in up to 10 different "important persons", to be freely chosen from a list of 32 different "functions". These can be changed afterwards.
When the minimum required data for a patient is present, you may choose a range of future days (per week) and then preview and print the corresponding list for that patient.
As long as there are blue warning messages on the patient screen, previewing and printing the list is disabled.
The printable elements have been designed in such a way that they should fit well on landscape format.
The printed list contains - apart from some basic data - tick boxes to be filled in by the various helpers. The list shows only those medication 'events' that have been set on the patient screen.
The printed list should preferably remain at the patient's address.
PillPlan does *not* keep historic data and is unsuitable as the *only* respository of patient data.
The user is advised to make back-up copies at regular intervals. If PillPlan has crashed, it is strongly advised to reinstall the program.
By using this software you agree that you will never hold the author responsible for any kind of damages or consequential damages of any kind arising from the use of this software. You have no obligation to use it, you have not paid for it, therefore the author will not pay you or anybody else any damages.
Other software by the same author
Please see www.tekstotaal.com for some other FileMaker Pro solutions and FileMaker related articles by the same author.
The author wishes to thank John W. on Vashon Island for his critical look at the beta version and to Bridget E. in Oz for her great assistance in setting up the multilingual value lists.
Conditions of copyrighted freeware
You may use this software freely but are not allowed to decompile it and/or re-engineer it and/or charge money for it in any way except to cover the costs of the media it may be distributed on. You are allowed to include it in the original archived form on any media including websites. Any form of distribution must include information about its origin and authorship.
Any such contribution will not count as a payment in the sense outlined in the disclaimer paragraph above.
Parts of this software are © 1984-1998 FileMaker Inc. All rights reserved.
PillPlan is millennium-proof until 31 December 3000.
For FileMaker Pro developers there is the possibility of licensing the source code. Please contact the author.
This solution may contain passwords which are - for continuity's sake in the event of the author's untimely death - deposited at the notary public Mr. J.F. Welle Donker (or his successor), Utrecht, The Netherlands.
PillPlan contains 403 fields, 89 relationships and more than 6,000 lines of code.
Here are 4 screenshots, some in English, some in German, from v.1.1.2 (current version is v.1.2.1):