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PillDrill Uses RFID to Bring Peace of Mind
The system is designed to simplify medication adherence for patients, and to reassure caregivers and loved ones.
Dec 07, 2016—
Earlier this year, a company called PillDrill launched an RFID-enabled pill-dispensing system designed to help patients manage their medications and monitor their well-being. The solution, also known as PillDrill, is based around a device called a Hub, which contains a built-in RFID reader. Users can attach passive RFID tags to pill bottles, pill packs and other types of medicine containers. The company also offers an RFID-enabled weekly pill organizer consisting of seven removable pill containers (pods), each with its own RFID tag attached to its base.
Once a person's medication schedule is programmed into the PillDrill website, the Hub flashes a light and emits a tone whenever it is time for a user to take his or her pills, and its large LCD screen displays precise dosage information. To indicate that the dosage has been taken, the patient waves the appropriate pill container over the Hub.iTunes website (a version for Android smartphones is currently in the works). Alternatively, caretakers can receive notifications via SMS text messages and e-mail.
Also part of the system is the Mood Cube, which is printed with the images of five faces, each depicting a different emotional state, to correspond with a user's current frame of mind or pain level: Great, Good, OK, Bad and Awful. A patient merely swipes the applicable face to register his or her current mood. This helps users and their caretakers to understand how medications are affecting them, by tracking patterns over time and correlating how they feel with what they're taking.
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