Innovation in Medicine

As reported by Zachary Brennan of RAPS the FDA received the first NDA for a combination product consisting of a sensor embedded into a tablet.  The goal being to have an effective way to track patient adherence to taking prescribed medicine.

How it works: The sensor is linked to a wearable patch and sends a time stamp when the tablet reaches the stomach. This information is forwarded to the patients smart phone or other blue tooth device and with permission may be communicated to the patient’s care giver via wireless communication.  This would provide the care giver confirmation that required medicines were being taken or alternatively one would assume an application could be built to provide warnings if medications were not taken within a set window.

Interesting way to innovate patient adherence / compliance when taking medicine and the potential elimination of missed doses.

Bertolucci (2012) of Kiplinger, wrote about the use of technology to help seniors stay at home.  One of the examples provided was the use of wireless technology to keep tabs on an elderly relative.  In Bertolucci’s example if you wanted to know whether an elderly relative was waking up and going to sleep on time, eating properly, showering and taking medicine. New systems allow adult children to monitor the everyday habits of their ailing parents.

Monitoring services will install wireless sensors in areas of the home that a senior uses most often, including the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. The sensors will track certain kinds of movement, such as when a refrigerator, medicine cabinet or front door opens. During setup, the service will study the senior’s normal pattern of daily activities.