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Balance Rewards Challenge: Healthy Results for the Healthy API

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:39 - Drew Schweinfurth

On October 6, Walgreens announced our newest API program, the Balance Rewards API. Along with the announcement, a multi-month challenge was created for any developer, to build an app integration leveraging our latest API service. 
 
Overall, we had a great turnout with the contest with over 100+ participants and, many keyboard taps and mouse clicks later, the contest ended on December 1st, 2014. We were very happy to see all the hard work and effort that people put into the contest with some very innovative applications and integrations.
 
Here is a little bit of info about the finalist app submissions:
 
(Winner) OneCare:
OneCare was the winner of the Walgreens Best Overall App Integration Award. The main features of OneCare are it allows you to track important health info about yourself, schedule tasks for your health, connect with friends and family about your health, and setup notifications to remind you to make healthy choices. By integrating with devices from all of the top health device manufactures, OneCare can provide a single location to view all of your health information. In addition to being able to view all of the health data you can setup alerts and notifications of when health events occur.
Check it out today: onecare.me.
 
(Winner) Jivayu BP Coach:
Jivayu BP Coach was the winner of the Henry Ford Health System Patient Engagement Award. The main features of Jivayu BP Coach are a creative character named Jivayu which coaches you about Blood Pressure Management. It keeps track of activities like: sleep, medication, and measurements automatically via various wearables and apps. The Expert System Tool and Doctor’s Digest allows you to get the information about your health exactly when you need it, its like having a small doctor in your pocket!
Check it out today: Google Play Store
 
(Winner) SitLess
SitLess was the winner of the Peoples Choice for Best App Integration Award. The main features of SitLess are that it allows the ability to monitor the health of your employees in a corporate environment by motivating them to get healthier and stay fit by sitting less! The SitLess Android app tracks your employees training data and workouts, while the admin dashboard site allows you to monitor the results and work with your employee to create healthier choices and a more healthy team!
Check it out today: Google Play Store
 
The other finalist submissions were:
 
Teen Diabeties Tracker: A tracker for teens to manage their Blood Glucose by recording their readings pre/post their meals everyday. Check it out today: Apple App Store
 
No15 (No Freshman 15): A tracker for college students to record their steps and sleep and other activities to help maintain the Freshman 15Check it out today: Apple App Store
 
Pillable: A medication review and rating application which allows for recording of your vitals like Weight, Blood Pressure, and Blood Glucose. Apple App Store
 
Beast Mode Life: An app that allows recording of healthy choices like Steps, Cycling, Weight, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose. Check it out today: Windows Phone Store
 
AlternaMeal: A unique tool designed to help your take small steps toward a healthy lifestyle by recording your weight and managing what you eat. Check it out today: Google Play Store




Introducing Qardio: A new Balance Rewards API Integration

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:32 - Drew Schweinfurth

We don’t want to get your heart racing too fast, but Walgreens is very happy to announce the latest integration of our Balance Rewards API with Qardio!
 
Qardio allows for a smarter and more powerful way to monitor your heart health. Their clinically validated smart blood pressure monitor, QardioArm, is available in a variety of glorious colors and works wirelessly with your iOS or Android device. The free Qardio App stores all your blood pressure readings, helps you set measurement reminders, encourages you to keep your blood pressure in check and share your progress with others.  
 
“We are very excited to work with Walgreens Balance Rewards to encourage users to become more actively involved in their health and wellness,” said Rosario Iannella, CTO of Qardio. “Qardio’s mission has always been to empower people to take more active role in their health monitoring and prevention by designing modern, exciting devices that people actually want to use. Walgreens Balance Rewards builds on this by further engaging and incentivizing the user to become an active participant in their heart health.”
 
Start checking and monitoring your blood pressure by checking out our integration with Qardio today! 




Introducing Sqord: A new Balance Rewards API Integration

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 11:28 - Drew Schweinfurth

Walgreens is happy to announce a new integration with the Balance Rewards API and the Sqord application on their website. 
 
The Sqord Booster device can be worn on any child or adults wrist and grabs the step activity throughout the day and syncs to the Sqord application. The Sqord website then allows parents or group leaders to view all the daily healthy choices made by everyone in the family / group and then syncs to the Balance Rewards API to potentially reward points
 
"At Sqord, we want to be able to provide our kids fun ways to engage in active play while also finding unique ways to add value for our parents. This made integrating with the Walgreens Balance Rewards program a no-brainer for us. Walgreens represents a brand that is recognizable to kids and parents alike and the Balance Rewards program has been hugely successful." said Coleman Greene, CEO of Sqord. He continued with, “The integration went incredibly well for us with easy-to-access tools and resources and a development team that was responsive to our needs for getting the project completed in a timeframe that worked for our team."
 
Get your whole family making healthier choices today, check out Sqord on their website sqord.com.




Introducing Omron Wellness: A new Balance Rewards API Integration

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 11:32 - Drew Schweinfurth

Remember our previous post where we talked about Omron Fitness, well they have done it again!
 
Walgreens is proud to announce a new Balance Rewards API integration with Omron Wellness. Omron Wellness (omronwellness.com) is a web based solution to help get you managing blood pressure. It is comprised of three main parts. You take your reading, sync with app, and then your data is automatically sent and stored in your own personal account that resides in the protection of the Omron Wellness cloud.
 
We are pleased to have Omron users making even more healthy choices every day by their multitude of application connections to the Walgreens Balance Rewards API. 
 
Start managing your blood pressure today, check out omronwellness.com today!




Say Hi to iGreet: A New QuickPrints Cards Integration

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:48 - Drew Schweinfurth

Walgreens is proud to introduce iGreet for iPhone as our latest QuickPrints API integration. iGreet is an app that enables you to send greeting cards in a unique and brand new way. It brings static greeting cards come to life by using augmented reality technology. With iGreet, you can send emotional experiences to your loved ones easily and happily by simply tapping a few buttons.

The iGreet (http://igreet.co) app is comprised of two main functions ‘order’ and ‘scan’. To order an iGreet card, you can simply choose the one you like from the buying list, order-print-pick up from Walgreens and enjoy the experience. To view an iGreet card, you just need to hold your card well, press the scan button and scan the front image, then watch and smile.

According to iGreet Founder & CEO, Vicho Dimitrov, "Walgreens is the largest drugstore chain in the United States, operating more than 8200 drugstores across the country. This is something an app developer can not recreate but certainly love to leverage. Being able to integrate with such a platform is definitely a great innovative digital experience and a win-win solution for both iGreet and Walgreens. Besides, QuickPrints is available for all platforms and it is super easy to integrate. It is the best solution for our distribution."

Don't delay, download iGreet for iPhone and print a unique greeting card for this holiday season today!

 





20% Off All QuickPrints Orders

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:59 - Drew Schweinfurth

SAVE NOW! Download any integrated Walgreens QuickPrints API apps and get 20% off your order with the coupon code QPSAVE* today! Check out our latest and greatest list of integrations in our QuickPrints App Showcase blog.

 

* Coupon code QPSAVE valid thru December 31, 2015 on integrated Walgreens QuickPrints API applications. Code must be entered in the mobile app QuickPrints checkout flow to apply discount. Timing will be determined by Walgreens server clock. Discount does not apply to previous purchases or taxes. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer valid on integrated Walgreens QuickPrints API applications only. Walgreens reserve the right to expire the offer at any time. In store sales associates reserve the right to monitor and prevent offer abuse.





Photo Hack Day NYC: Awesome Photo Hacks in December

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:33 - Drew Schweinfurth

The Walgreens API team is very excited to be involved again with Photo Hack Day and will be heading to the city that never sleeps (NYC) for Photo Hack Day 6 to take place at Aviary’s headquarters on December 6-7, 2014.

This event offers a really great opportunity to work alongside our Walgreens Developer Evangelist to create a magical QuickPrints integration. We have been involved with past Photo Hack Days at Dropbox (2012) and Facebook (2013) and have always had a great experience with the many photo partners we meet and foster at theses events!

We look forward to some awesome innovative ideas from this event, which you can learn more about at http://photohackday.org.





Introducing Misfit: A new Balance Rewards API Integration

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:45 - Drew Schweinfurth

Walgreens is pleased to announce the newest Balance Rewards API integration, Misfit is now available via the Apple App Store.

Misfit is a sleek top-of-the-line fitness wearable organization with two integrated products, the shine and the flash. Misfit’s beautifully designed minimilist devices attach anywhere on your body via the many various upgrades and accessories. Then simply track your steps and sleep as time progresses. The app allows you to join in with friends and family as you make healthier chooses through the competitive Today and Yesterday views. Shine and Flash's long-lasting batteries and automatic wireless syncing mean you’ll spend less time plugging in and more time moving. We are proud to have such a innovative partner as one of the launching apps with the Balance Rewards API.  We can’t wait to see what healthy choices you take in order to stay fit with Misfit.

Start elegantly tracking today by downloading the app from the Apple App Store.
 





Medication Management Hackathon 2014: Congrats Pillable

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:43 - Drew Schweinfurth

Well, needless to say going up to the bitter north in Minnesota to judge pill reminders and adherence apps may not be everyones most exciting weekend event, but we must exclaim how blown away we were with the whole event! Not only did we get the beautiful fall weather that exists very rarely we got some really amazing ideas and apps created. The host, Treehouse Health was not only in a wonderful location, but provided exemplarily staff and facilities for the event. Thanks a lot JD and Treehouse Health! We had a extremely verbose group that ranged from python developers all the way to nurse practitioners and paramedics. So when it came to the 3rd day of the event we got pretty excited about the results and presentations that people gave. We were looking to give a $1000 prize to the app that best integrated the Walgreens Prescription Refill / Transfer API or Balance Rewards API. 

 

 

After an extended deliberation time we came to the conclusion that the Pillable was the obvious winner based on the creative design, development environment, and usage of both the APIs. The app was built to help a user review their pills and talk about the experiences that they go through when taking their prescription. The app also allowed for vitals to be recorded in the review process then connecting to Walgreens by sending (weight, blood pressure, blood glucose) and prescriptions refills / transfers. 

"The Medication Management Hackathon sponsored by Walgreens was a memorable experience for me. The community, volunteers, and local businesses all came together to think big for a weekend. I had the privilege of talking with awesome people, learning a ton, and winning the walgreens API challenge. Hurray! It was really cool to see people give up their weekend for a cause that matters."  - Daniel Rasmuson, Developer and Dreamer of Pillable.

We look forward to working with the developer behind the Pillable app over the coming weeks to help him launch the application in production and claim not only our $1,000 prize, but also the number of Walgreens users who would like to manage their medications to stay happy and healthy! We were very impressed with all the other groups' presentations as well and we look forward to helping them release their ideas into the internets. If you missed the event this year you are more than welcome to shoot a message to our developer evangelist Drew Schweinfurth and he can answer any questions about the event, our apis, or any upcoming events we are planning.

Search Twitter for #HackMedMgmt to see the all the glorious tweets.
 





Introducing Immunizations by Sunny Nagra

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:58 - Drew Schweinfurth

Walgreens is proud to announce a unique third party integration of our current retail pharmacy & clinic locations. The newly updated "Immunizations" app, created by University of the Pacific pharmacy student, Sunny Nagra, which is on the Apple App Store, allows users to find pharmacies and clinics that provide immunizations and the app can keep a digital record of your vaccines for quick and easy access. 

"The overall idea of the app is to make it easier for patients to have everything they need in regards to immunizations, such as locations to get vaccinated, educational resources, and the ability to record their vaccines in the app. It also empowers pharmacists to list their own pharmacies in the app if they provide immunizations at their location.” Said Sunny Nagra, the third party developer and pharmacy student at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Don’t miss out on the newly upgraded "Immunizations" app today, download it on the Apple App Store today!