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...
March 24, 2010
While Vitality, the maker of GlowCaps announced this week that it had inked a deal with AT&T to provide cellular connectivity for its medication adherence service, the real news is that Vitality has tapped Telit for its embedded wireless module. (MobiHealthNews reported on Vitality's deal with AT&T more than six months ago -- revisit it here.)
Vitality GlowCaps illuminate, play a melody,...
March 3, 2010
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, St. Louis-based pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts is set to launch a national pilot for Vitality's GlowCap pill reminder device. We have written about GlowCap before, but the WSJ has a concise description of the medication adherence offering:
"The container—actually a high-tech top for a standard pill bottle called a "GlowCap"—is equipped...
January 20, 2010
Vitality, developer of medication adherence device GlowCap, announced during a 2009 company wrap-up video that "four of the top pharmaceuticals companies have committed to distribute their medications for hypertension, transplants and diabetes in GlowCaps."
Vitality's GlowCap offering is a medication reminder and compliance service: GlowCaps fit the standard pill container top as a lid that uses...
January 14, 2010
For many years I avoided the Consumer Electronics Show. Too big, I was told. Too much noise -- not enough news. With my focus on the wireless industry at the time, this advice was mostly true -- for many years CES was not an event where companies made wireless-related news. Then -- seemingly suddenly -- CES became one of the most popular places to launch mobile phones, announce new mobile...
November 3, 2009
To sleep, perchance to dream: Nearly one-third of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night, according to a recent CDC survey. Upwards to 70 million Americans might be classified as having chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders, according to the study. While many of these restless sleeper will not turn to the healthcare system for help, there seems to be a growing interest in sleep...
October 9, 2009
AT&T has inked a deal to let Vitality's smart pillbox cap offering, GlowCaps, run on its wireless network. The service is a medication reminder and compliance service: GlowCaps fit the standard pill container top as a new, smart lid that uses short-range wireless technology to monitor when a pillbox is open and when it isn't. It uses a close-range wireless signal to connect to a gateway hub...
September 13, 2009
Augmented reality meets next generation screen technology meets personal health: "A contact lens with augmented-reality powers would take personal health monitoring several steps further, Parvis said, because the surface of the eye can be used to measure much of the data you would read from your blood tests, including cholesterol, sodium, potassium and glucose levels." (People are getting excited...
September 2, 2009
The Center for Technology and Aging announced a $500,000 grant program for medication optimization, which includes adherence and related issues. The center is offering up to six one-year grants to organizations that propose programs that benefit older adults in California. One or two grants will be made available to those groups with programs in other areas, the center said.
August 14, 2009
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Vitality announced the commercial availability of its wireless Internet-enabled pill caps product, GlowCaps, which fit popular prescription bottles and help remind people to take their medications on time. GlowCaps are now available on Amazon.com for $99.
As the name suggests, GlowCaps use light and sound to signal when it is time to take medications, the product...