Taking medication in later life has to be easier…. If medicine is meant to help patients live happy, healthy lives, then pharmaceutical companies should be working towards that common goal. Specifically, companies could help make life easier for older people to take their medications.
Technology is making great advances in how we take medicines. But while we wait for micro-robots to deliver drugs directly to where they’re needed, older people often mix their pills, overdose or take the wrong medicine.
Current systems of pill organisation are flawed. As soon as pills are removed from the box, it is almost impossible for the individual to know which one is which.
By giving each pill a unique shape for the type of condition it treats, medicine regimes become more memorable and traceable. Each pill also has the dosage, expiration date and manufacturer engraved in it.
Finally, we added an extra layer of technology: each pill has a QR code printed on it. AIl pill dispensers can then sort out and arrange medications without error. This is the first step of a new project for pill medication in old age.
Minder is a system that consists of two accessories, a “HUB” where all the pills that the patient needs to take and a “COMPANION” bracelet are stored, inside which the daily doses to be taken by the user are stored.
How does it work? The user pours the tablets inside the upper part of the HUB, the cone that receives them, channels them to readers that identify and manage each tablet by its code, size and color. Once the tablet is identified, it is distributed by type of medication within each of the 24 storage columns. These columns are part of a “carousel” that rotates on a vertical axis in both directions to position the desired tablet on the dosage area towards the bracelet.
The bracelet is placed in the front area of the “HUB” around a disc, which rotates 360 ° to receive a tablet in each of the 12 boxes that have the bracelet. This in turn is programmed based on the recipe sent by the doctor and once placed on the wrist of the user, vibrates and emits light every time the time of the taking of each medication arrives. It records the time at which each medication was taken and if the user does not take his dose, he issues an alert to the person in charge of the patient to remind him that he has not taken the dose of that schedule.