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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.
By Nathaniel Prince

Explaining what inspired him to create the PillDrill system, Peter Havas, the company's founder and CEO, says his goal was "staying connected with my octogenarian parents on the other side of the world (Australia) and having peace of mind knowing that they are taking their important medication." The company cites a review of scientific literature showing that poor medication adherence causes 10 percent of hospital admissions annually in the United States, and costs more than $100 billion in avoidable health-care spending.

Whenever a patient scans an RFID-tagged pill container or a Mood Cube, the PillDrill app displays updates regarding that individual's status.
"We chose RFID technology because it is simple in application and well tested over many years," Havas adds. "Our internal team had good RFID expertise, and we did not need to hire an external consultant. We conducted multiple rounds of testing over many months to ensure that the system would work as designed."

Peter Havas
Since its commercial release in April 2016, the PillDrill has received a positive reception from consumers. "In addition to general praise from users, we have received many helpful suggestions," Havas states. "Fortunately, the thoroughness of our initial design phase has meant that the current version of the product still has a very good lifespan."

The company's website sells a complete PillDrill kit, consisting of the PillDrill Hub, 12 RFID tags, two weekly pill organizers (one for mornings, the other for evenings) and a Mood Cube, for $199. Currently, the PillDrill kit can be purchased only at the company's website, but it is expected to be made available at the website of pharmaceutical retailer CVS by early 2017.

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