Cool Technology for Pharmacy – MedReady

Medication compliance was an issue long before I became a pharmacist, and it will continue to be that way until the end of time. Some patients chose not to take their medication, while others simple can’t remember, and still others may be willing to take their medication but can’t for one reason or another. The impact of medication noncompliance on healthcare is staggering. Depending on the reference used, the cost of medication noncompliance can run into the billions secondary to hospital admissions caused by treatment failure.

The MedReady system is a solution that can effectively help those with bad memories stay compliant. The small, smoke alarm looking device is designed to hold up to 28 separate medication doses with frequencies up to four times a day.

The system is designed with simplicity in mind. Power the device on, load it with medication, spend a few minutes setting up the dosing schedule and voila, you’re ready to be reminded when to take your medicine. Reminders include both a flashing light and audible alarm. And if that’s not enough for you, there is an available option with built in modem that is used to access a remote monitoring service. The service can send emails or call up to three separate phones to keep the patient on schedule.

The MedReady system offers 48 hours of battery backup to keep the device operational during emergency outages or when the patient simple wants to take the device away from their home.

While this system isn’t for everyone, it might just be the simple solution someone needs to remain compliant with their medication regimen. It’s certainly worth a try for someone with a historically bad track record.

From the MedReady website:

Low Price
MedReady, at a price of $175.00, is the low price leader. Competitors’ systems range in price from $249.00 to over $1,000.00. Be assured that the price savings does not come at the expense of quality, as you can see from the list of features below.

Safety
MedReady conveniently utilizes AC power, but in the event of an outtage or short-term travel, switches automatically to included rechargeable batteries.

Security
MedReady is tamper-proof to provide the maximum in security. Instead of employing a latch, our system utilizes a real lock and key, and the edges are secure. With access by key-only, caregivers can load MedReady and monitor patient compliance.

Useable Clock
The extra large LED read-out is easily viewed from any angle and is self-illuminating so it can be seen in any light.

Medication Card Holder
MedReady provides a card holder on the bottom of the unit for a printed copy of the prescriptions for all medications in the dispenser.

Easy-to-Set Alarms
Setting the timers and alarms is as easy as setting a digital alarm clock.

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