Includes electronic pill boxes, medication reminders, remote configuration of medication doses
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 08:52
Online searches – not always helpful -- underpin the caregiving role. The latest Pew research about health information and family caregivers reinforces what we know. Family caregivers search online for information to help them provide care. Information about medical problems, treatments and drug information top what they seek – and I bet they find. The Internet has become a 'neighborhood' for asking what might be difficult to ask your next door neighbor. In this online neighborhood, you find that others have symptoms like yours, experienced relief from medications or found a cheaper pharmacy. Yet these resources are not quite like the neighborhood of old: Given that 84% of family caregivers have gone online seeking information, only 59% of caregivers with Internet access indicate that online resources have helped them with caregiving, and only 52% indicated that they help with caregiving stress. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 20:33
For med management – are blister packs the state of the art? Recently I heard about a presentation in a senior housing provider family meeting that should not have surprised me. A pharmacy exec was presenting the benefits and savings of switching residents from pill bottles to blister packs - warning of the sizable penalties associated with continuing with labor-intensive pill bottles. Wal-Mart is deploying this cardboard packaging for a multi-drug regimen across 4600 stores. Medication management is a big issue for senior housing (AL and SNF) and there are state-by-state regulations for its proper oversight. But just like the presentation I heard about, is technology use for its dispensing and management considered? Perhaps seeing that, check out how Philips is bundling several technology-enabled services for senior housing organizations to deploy… in private homes, that is, for the folks who may never move in. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 09:22
Philips’ Community Without Walls launched as service package to seniors who want to remain at home.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 06:10
AdhereTech receives $50,000 grand prize in global diabetes innovation challenge funded by Boehringer Ingelheim
New York, NY – Developers of a pill bottle that wirelessly transmits data, measures medication and sends patient reminders have emerged as grand prize winners in the Healthcare Innovation World Cup, the international diabetes innovation challenge funded by Boehringer Ingelheim and organized by HITLAB.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 09:42
National non-profit offers two new smartphone apps to help consumers save money and stay healthy
Two new smartphone apps are now available to help consumers save money on the cost of prescription drugs and to offer a daily reminder to stay current on their medications.
Consumers can now save up to 80% on prescription drug costs with their smartphone. The free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card App is all that’s needed to save on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies and pet prescription drugs you purchase at a pharmacy. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 19:34
OAKLAND, Calif. – February, 28, 2013 – The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA)
announced today the availability of new tools to help health care organizations design and
implement technology-enabled health care programs for care transitions and medication
optimization. The online tools are part of the recently launched ADOPT (Accelerate the
Diffusion of Proven Technologies) Toolkit© website: http://toolkit.techandaging.org/. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 08:47
New designs for drug packages and plans for labels that are easier to understand.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:30
Reuse, recycle – finding a new purpose? Ah, the cacophony of self-quantification. As we rage against our inactivity and sloth, fitness gadgets have become the rage. One could have a Body Media arm band (“know your body, change your life”), a Fitbit on a waistband, a NikeFuel (“the ultimate measure of your athletic life”) or a Jawbone UP (“know yourself, live better!”) on a wrist, or a Pebble on a shoe from a corporate wellness program. To date, none of these offerings are applied (by the companies) to the world of seniors for passive activity encouragement or tracking. Soon all of these, like Fitbit, will have APIs for writing new apps – soon someone will see and seize the opportunity to connect a simple and wearable device to senior market, and perhaps more in the senior market will connect caregiving apps like Philips CarePartners Mobile to information from their in-market devices like Lifeline with AutoAlert. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:23
Robert Bosch Healthcare is pleased to introduce powerful tools for enhancing medication adherence.
The MedMinder Maya pillbox and monitoring service is now available for use as a complement to Robert Bosch Healthcare’s health management programs, which provide education on medication adherence. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:49
MedMinder Systems Inc. in Needham, maker of a smart pillbox that reminds its user when to take medication, has gotten the first tranche of a new $1 million round of financing to fund the launch of two new products in coming months. >>> Read more . . .