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1. The elderly are prone to forgetting to take their medicines because of cognitive decline and complicated medication regimens due to multiple co-morbidities. When their medication adherence becomes poor, there is little that is done until they are re-admitted to the hospital. 2. There is no way of tracking if the elderly have been taking their medicine, even though taking medications rightly is considered to be essential for treating chronic illnesses. 3. For the home nurses who visit the elderly, sorting medicine is tedious and error-prone especially if their patients have complex regimens. 4. Skilled nurses are deployed just to sort medicine, when they can do higher-value work instead (e.g. direct nursing care and psycho-social support). Yet there is a shortage of skilled home nurses in Singapore and globally to meet current and future demand for home visits.
Pillpresso is an "internet of things" or IoT-enabled medication assistive device that aims to ease medication sorting for the elderly and their caregivers. Its core features are:
Besides the hardware device, our team is developing a mobile app and an e-health software platform meant for use by healthcare institutions.
- Automate medicine sorting
- Remind patients when it’s time to take medicine
- Monitor medication adherence in real-time
- Allow doctors/nurses to adjust the medication dosage remotely- especially for unstable patients (e.g. those with uncontrolled hypertension, on transitional care)