Cool Technology for Pharmacy

glowcapThe Vitality GlowCaps is a wireless internet enabled cap for prescription bottles that uses light and sound to notify patients when it is time to take their medication. When the GlowCap is removed from the prescription bottle, the information is documented on Vitality’s server. Vitality uses this information to send the patient and physician a monthly compliance report to help monitor therapy. Of course, that’s assuming that the patient doesn’t just open and close the lid when the reminder goes off. When you stop to think of all the time, energy and money spent on patient compliance with medication, you begin to realize that the GlowCap is pretty cool pharmacy technology.

From the Vitality website:

GlowCaps fit popular prescription bottles available at Walgreens and other retail pharmacies. Inside the GlowCap is a wireless chip that enables four services. Collectively, the servies help people stick with their prescription regimen.

Reminders Ramp from Subtle to Insistent
GlowCaps use light and sound to signal when it is time to take a pill. GlowCaps sense when the bottle is opened and wirelessly relay their status to Vitality’s secure network. If the bottle is not opened after two hours, the user is automatically reminded with a telephone call that states: “It’s time to take the pill in your green GlowCap.”

Social Support
Each week, a report summarizing progress is e-mailed to the GlowCap user. If the
user chooses, a family member, friend or care-giver may also receive the report.

Refill Coordination
GlowCaps can even call with refill reminders and connect the patient to their pharmacy as pills deplete.

Doctor Accountability
Each month GlowCaps mail you a printed report. The report may also be sent to your doctor. and your doctor a printed report with incentives for exceeding your adherence goals.

Vitality GlowCaps from Vitality on Vimeo.

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