June 2, 2011
GlowCap: Connected pillbox top
According to a recent study by Express Scripts, Americans might be wasting as much as $258 billion annually by not taking their prescribed medications. Missed doses can lead to emergency room visits and doctors' visits, which could be prevented if medication adherence was improved. The Express Scripts study found that more than half of people who believe they take...
March 30, 2011
Wireless patient monitoring devices tied to a home-based connectivity hub are supposed to improve the quality of life and to prevent hospital readmissions for the elderly, people with chronic diseases and post-operative patients. But they have one serious flaw.
“They’re great until you go past the mailbox,” noted Madeline Pantalone, vice president for strategy and business development at...
January 5, 2011
In October 2009 AT&T announced plans to outfit Vitality's WiFi-enabled pill box caps with cellular connectivity to more efficiently track and encourage medication adherence among users of the caps, called GlowCaps. Ahead of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011, AT&T and Vitality announced that 3G-enabled GlowCaps are now available direct to consumer through Amazon.com....
December 9, 2010
A study recently published in the journal Clinical Transplantation found that kidney transplant recipients improved their adherence to immunosuppressive drug regimens by 40 percent when healthcare providers tracked their adherence and offered tips for improvement. The participants used prescription bottles with wireless tracking that recorded when they opened their medicine bottle -- an...
August 25, 2010
GreatCall, which offers the easy-to-use Jitterbug mobile phone service has added two more mobile health offerings to its Services Store: Medication Reminder and Check in Call.
Jitterbug subscribers who sign up for the new $10-a-month medication reminder service will receive an automated phone call that reminds them to take a particular medication at a given time. The automated call isn't just one...
August 24, 2010
That is, at least, according to a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology: Daily text message reminders did not help the 82 women in the study become more adherent to their birth control pill regimen. Both the text-receiving participants and the control group missed about 5 pills per month. (Worth noting perhaps that, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal about the study,...
August 12, 2010
The United Kingdom's National Health Service plans to begin piloting Proteus Biomedical's "smart pills" this month to help curb health costs due to medication non-adherence among heart failure patients, according to a report in the Financial Times. The Royal Berkshire and Imperial College healthcare trusts are currently looking for 40 patients for the clinical trial, which will last four months....
July 29, 2010
CVS Caremark launched a free iPhone app this week that lets anyone with an iPhone look up drug information in its database, but if the user is a CVS Caremark PBM (pharmacy benefits manager) member the app gets much more useful. Once "logged-in securely" to their existing Caremark account, users can refill prescriptions, check prescription order status, view prescription history, check drug cost,...
July 15, 2010
This week MobiHealthNews put together its first radio segment for ReachMD XM satellite radio. I'm co-hosting a series called the "Mobile Medical Minute" -- a two-minute update on mobile health news and trends for ReachMD's 300,000 listeners. Every other week Dr. Joseph Kim (check out his blog here) will take the mic to discuss mobile health news from his perspective.
For the first segment, I took...
June 23, 2010
Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health announced that Vitality's GlowCap service raised medication adherence rates 27 percent for a group of hypertensive patients. The group using GlowCaps achieved 98 percent adherence, while another group using GlowCaps plus financial incentives hit 99 percent adherence.
For those that don't know, here's how Vitality describes GlowCaps: They "fit...