Don’t give me that “senior moment” crap: even my kids often forget why they walked into a room in the first place, or why they’re standing in front of an open refrigerator door. They also get little floride tablets every morning, and I’ll be damned if they can remember whether they actually took their pill or not most mornings. So for us busy grown-ups taking multiple meds per day — the kind you neither want to miss nor over-use — keeping track can truly be a nightmare. So guess what (again)? Some folks figured out there’s a hot a market niche for a tracking system that goes beyond those big plastic pill organizers mark with the “Mon-Fri” symbols.
* The InforMedix Med-eMonitor device is a “smart pillbox” that’s actually connected to the Internet via your phone line. So it not only stores pills, but also beeps an alert when dosing time arrives, and immediately alerts your healthcare pros via a secure, customer-specific Internet site in case you miss a dose or take out the wrong pill. The portable device also monitors overall patient health by, for example, requiring diabetics to enter their blood sugar levels regularly. The data is sent straight to your doc. Neat. I wonder, though, how many doctors are actually on board with using a time-intensive system like this (?)
* Chronodose is getting ready to give it to you in the arm. No kidding! The company is currently conducting clinical trials on a wristband device that delivers drugs transdermally (through your skin). It is a genuine automated, fully programmable, non-invasive drug delivery device. It’s worn like a wristwatch and “programmed like an alarm clock, to accurately and automatically deliver predefined-sized doses to coincide with peak disease symptoms. This is especially important when symptoms peak at night while asleep, or immediately upon waking.”
In other words, it can administer higher doses automatically when disease symptoms statistically peak, and less when symptoms are lighter. Talk about your next generation of “smart” drug delivery systems. I wonder just how useful this will be for diabetics in the real world…
* The PharmMD service, meanwhile, helps guard against medication overuse and misuse. It’s an “extensive software and operating platform” designed for employers and health plan providers that examines medical claims to ensure that patients are taking the most appropriate meds and that those meds mix well together. Sounds kind of like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how many people get prescriptions from varying doctors that conflict or create nasty drug interactions.
Indeed, according to Forbes, “Adverse medication events result in an estimated 700,000 emergency room visits annually; the Institute of Medicine reports that 1.5 million U.S. patients are harmed every year by medication errors.”
Should be helpful, considering that more people are taking more medications, and stronger medications, than ever before. And this includes kids, too.