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Smart Pill Dispenser – PillBox

Marcin Michalak recently reached out to me about a Smart Pills Dispenser designed to make taking meds easier. They call it PillBox and have a kickstarter campaign you can support if you think it’s a good idea.

The PillBox is a smart pill dispenser which automatically delivers the drugs to the patient when needed at the appropriate time. It will also notify you when your drugs are running low. The app also tracks how well you’re doing at taking your medication. This is an ambitious project which requires both software and hardware. Although, I love the automation that they’re working on doing.

Speaking on a personal level, I know my wife would love to have something like this. She has to take a daily medication each morning. It would be nice to have a system that delivered her the medication each morning. In fact, it would help her remember if she’d taken the medication or not (a real challenge when you do it every day). Plus, she often forgets that she’s close to running out of meds, so a reminder would be really helpful.

One concern I’d have with the design they show is how they secure the medication that’s being dispensed. I can already imagine the PillBox dispensing the meds for my wife and my kids seeing it and thinking it’s candy. Hopefully there’s some sort of locking mechanism options for the medication to protect against that type of issue.

I’ve seen a bunch of medication compliance options out there. However, most of them suffer from some sort of cumbersome way to track the compliance. I really like the medication automation that PillBox is working on. I hope their Kickstarter campaign is successful.

October 7, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Janssen Healthcare’s Care4Today Mobile Health Manager

I was recently introduced to the Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager – Janssen Research & Development, LLC(iTunes link). Here’s a short video demo of the application:

I’ve long said that medication reminder is one area of mHealth where there was a lot of opportunity. I haven’t dug into the Care4Today app itself, but it seems like they’ve really put a lot of effort into to creating this app to solve the problem of medication adherence.

They also put together this video which almost feels like a feature story from NBC’s Rock Center:

Maybe I’m a bit of a sucker for this application, because my wife just discovered that she’ll be taking a drug every day for the rest of her life. So, the idea of making sure she remembers to take it is on my mind. I’ll have her try it out and report back on the experience.

Also, here are some screenshots of the Care4Today mobile app as well:

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September 25, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.