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Smart Medicine Bottle: Tracking Medicine Intake History about Who, When and How much

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238288D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-14
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

Over half of the people in the US are taking some sort of daily prescription medication, but the adherence rates for drugs treating chronic diseases are around 50 percent. Non-adherence leads to poorer health, increased hospitalizations, and early nursing home admissions. There are various solutions today to try to remind the people of their daily medicine and track the adherence. For example, the GlowCap from Vitality Inc. will remind the people by beeping, lighting and even calling. The connected model will send the collected information (such as medicine intake history) to the remote server via AT&T wireless service and feed into social network for the Doctors, friends etc. however they need to consume the information. However, it is based on the assumption that when people open the cap, the medicine is taken. It doesn't know if the medicine is actually taken or the correct amount has been taken. There are solutions (such as Smart Medicine Container disclosed in United States Patent 7269476) which try to solve the problem by dispensing the correct amount of medicine at each time. However, that mechanism requires a relative bigger size of the container to have builtin dispenser and is only applied to the pills/tablets. In both types of solutions, they can't track who is actually taking the medicine.

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Smart Medicine Bottle: Tracking Medicine Intake History about Who, When and How much

In this invention disclosure, we propose a smart medicine bottle which is built upon the existing concept of connected communication network to feed the medicine intake history into social network. However, it has a built in weighing mechanism to measure the difference before the cap is opened and after the cap is closed to accurately measure the actual intake of the medicine. This applies to both pills/tablets and liquids. The weighing mechanic part normally takes smaller space than a dispensing mechanical parts. Secondly, it has a sound recording mechanism to record the person's voice and send over to the server for performing the speaker verification. So the medicine intake history is tracked to know who actually open the bottle. If unidentified identity is detected, alert will be sent out as predefined in the profile. Optionally, a fingerprint reading device can be embedded in for recognizing the identity in the case voice doesn't come through from a noisy environment. The registered finger prints can be saved locally too so even with network outage, unauthorized identity could be detected and bottle could be locked up.

The proposed Smart Medicine Bottle is designed to be reusable and sized a little bit larger than the standard prescription medicine bottle so those bottles can be dropped into the Smart Medicine Bottle. Two sizes are available, one for the standard pill/tablet bottles and one for liquid medicine bottles.

The user will set up a profile at the service provider web portal and register their Smart Medicine Bottles (with unique ID number) at the portal. When filling the prescription at pharmacy, the user will provide the profile information and the bottle ID to the pharmacist. The authorized pharmacist will enter the medicine info...