The data can be accessed remotely, allowing healthcare providers to monitor patient compliance on a daily basis. An alarm
won't go off because there are just too many different regimens involved, but healthcare providers can monitor when and if
a drug has been taken.
One-on-one treatment just got easier with the Intel Health Guide. These laptop-size kiosks feature a plethora of tools that
allow patients to take control of their healthcare, including blood pressure and glucose level monitoring. A big plus is a
built-in video camera that allows clinicians to have personalized appointments with patients at any time.
Rather than wait for the patient to come into the office to explain any side effects and problems, patients can now conference
the doctor and actually send him or her their vital statistics over the Internet. Doctors also can alter treatment regiments
"People just aren't taking their medication as prescribed—especially for asymptomatic and chronic diseases; the research shows
adherence rates as low as 50 percent," says David Rose, CEO of Vitality. "The research that we have seen is that the problem
isn't just a reminder problem. There are a lot of devices on the market that are essentially glorified alarm clocks."
Vitality designed a system that has a simple sensor that doesn't require patients to change the way they do things. It's basically
a smart medication vial cap that fits the standard bottle. Inside is an LED and a sound chip, as well as a two-way wireless
radio that connects to a set of Web-based services that include reminder calls, weekly e-mails, monthly reports to a doctor,
and refill service at the pharmacy.
All for just $29.99 a cap.
The Helping Hand is an electronic tablet reminder device aimed at reminding patients to take their medication as prescribed,
and encouraging them to stay compliant. The device is used with medication in blister packs, and it reminds patients to take
the tablets at the right intervals by visual and acoustic signals. A visual indication reminds the patient about everyday
compliance and gives easy-to-understand feedback on patients' compliance level via a visual traffic light signal (green signifies
excellent compliance, yellow is fair, and red is poor). The device thereby encourages the patient to stay "green" and strive
for optimal treatment.