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Smart Bottlecap to Monitor and Control Use of Medication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000231477D
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 18K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a smart bottlecap for medications. The smart bottlecap specifically addresses the problems of unauthorized access, overdose, and missed dosage by incorporating additional security features, an automatic dispensing device, and an alert system.

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Smart Bottlecap to Monitor and Control Use of Medication

Prescription medicines are sometimes misused or not properly used under several situations, such as being taken by an unauthorized user, illegal use, addictive tendencies, accidental ingestion by children, etc. Other problems occur when a person does not follow, or does not remember, timing and dosage instructions for a medication. Not taking the medicine or taking the inappropriate dosage is life threatening in some situations.

The novel contribution is a smart bottlecap. The smart bottlecap specifically addresses the problems of unauthorized access, overdose, and missed dosage by incorporating additional security features, an automatic dispensing device, and an alert system.

The new bottlecap uses a multi-factor biometric authentication to prevent unauthorized usage. A combination of at least two authorization requirements is embedded in the bottle cap. One can be a person's fingerprint, retina scan, voice, or facial features. The other can be either biometric or non-biometric, such as a password or an authentication question. The authorization scheme is programmed in the bottlecap by the pharmacist or at the dispensary when the medicine is purchased by the patient. The biometric features can be stored along with the patient record at the pharmacy system or may be programmed while dispensing.

Using multi factor authentication over using a single factor, such as fingerprints only, provides added security....