People with failing memories are likely to have problems remembering to take their prescribed medication regularly. A company called Proteus has developed a tablet which helps to monitor drug adherence by texting or tweeting carers or nursing / medical staff when the required medicines actually enter the stomach.
Monitoring systems of this kind, which potentially check that a drug has actually been ingested, promise to go one step beyond previous innovations (such as the PivoTell automated pill dispenser) which are intended to help vulnerable adults remember to take their medication but have no way of telling that pills are swallowed. There’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip.
The same article goes on to mention a different technology (the MedSnap ID app) designed to avoid dispensing errors, by using artificial intelligence and computer vision to correctly identify nearly 3,500 different drugs.
“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) around 50% of us fail to take medicines correctly, while over 50% of drugs are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately”.
Graham, F. (2013). The pill that texts the doctor – from inside your body. London: BBC Business News, August 10th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].