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Medication Dispense and Monitoring System using Biometric Fingerprint-Recognition Authentication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019130D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The device dispense a defined series of medications at the appropriate times and in the correct dosages as prescribed by a qualified doctor. The monitoring software will verify the patient's identity using biometric fingerprint-recognition authentication and will track the times and intervals that the medications are dispensed.

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  Medication Dispense and Monitoring System using Biometric Fingerprint-Recognition Authentication

The device has two parts:
1. The device that dispenses medications and includes the biometric fingerprint-recognition mechanism as well as the capability alert the patient when a dosage is due or alert a remote monitor or caregiver of problems or missed dosages in addition to collecting and transmitting statistics of obtained dosages.
2. The software monitoring system that manages the device, authentication system, alarms, the gathering of statistics, and the transmission of information to the remote monitoring system.

Use of this device is primarily targeted to the following situations where accountability may be medically or legally required:
1. As a condition of release from a facility, for certain medical conditions where failure to maintain consistent dosages may result in a regression to violent behaviors.
2. In the case of severe medical situations such as diabetes where accurate and regular dosages are required.
3. In situations where the patient has a memory altering condition such as Alzheimer's or senility.
4. For a user on a regular need of vitamins (ex: Anemia)

Working of the device
1. Device is programmed at the facility prior to release: number of meds, dosages, dosage intervals, emergency contact information, biometric fingerprint-recognition initialization (can recognize more than one set if necessary in the case of caregiver administering meds), alarms set up, etc.
2. Meds loaded into compartments in a removable container from the device. The meds container can be taken to pharmacy to be refilled as needed.
3. Dispensing device contains embedded software that runs and controls it.
4. Dispensing device also contains means of transmittin...