The smart pill sticker: Introducing a smart pill management system based on touch-point technology

Garvit Kataria, Kshitij Dhyani, Darsh Patel, Kathiravan Srinivasan, Shwetambara Malwade, Shabbir Syed Abdul

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Abstract

Older adults tend to suffer from multi-morbidity, requiring complex treatment methodologies demanding poly-pharmacy. The increasing medication usage can tend towards the mismanagement of prescriptions and irregular or faulty administration. Thus, there arises an urgent need for a proper pill management system for these prescribed medicines. To tackle this grave concern, we propose a mobile, cost-effective, robust, and easy to use solution involving the extension to the human body-smartphones and conductive stickers. The technology utilizes a unique combination of touch-points on the smartphone screen to recognize the medication and give information regarding the proper usage and dosage and gives a reminder of the intake of the medicine. Our tool is comprised of two components—(1) the conductive ink stickers containing a unique combination of conductive inks to be applied to the pill container and (2) the mobile application utilizing touch-points generated by the conductive ink sticker to give information of the corresponding medicine. The following functionalities could be performed by the application-detection of pill container: providing essential information about pill container and dosage; keeping a count of pills already taken, to be taken and remaining pills; reordering the medication and reminding about the medicine intake at the correct designated time.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2021

Keywords

  • aging population
  • medication
  • pill management
  • poly-pharmacy
  • smart pill
  • touchpoint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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