Informedix and McKesson Bioservices are testing the Med-eMonitor, which reminds patients to take their medicine, and can be programmed to ask for patient-specific information. The device communicates automatically with a web server.
According to CIO Insight:
The device is about the size of a videocassette and can be carried in a fanny pack. Multiple drawers each hold about a month’s supply of medicine. It alerts the patients when to take medicine, records the date and time when a medicine drawer is opened, and prompts patients to answer questions and complete other tasks.
The CEO of Informedix, Bruce Kehr says he thought up the Med-eMonitor after seeing his elderly grandmother struggle to manage her multiple drug therapy. Doctors often donâ€™t know what to do when they see patients who arenâ€™t responding to treatment â€“are the medications not working or are patients just not taking them as directed?
The device is being used now in a schizophrenia trial, where it is helping patients remember to take their schizophrenia medications. This has a big impact on the patientsâ€™ ability to function.
The Med-eMonitor and once a month osteoporosis pill (Boniva) I posted about on Monday are contrasting approaches to the challenges of adherence and compliance. The Med-eMonitor attempts to manage complex regimens, while Boniva attempts to reduce the complexity.March 30, 2005