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Medication monitoring for elderly people through device implanted in permanent denture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238665D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a small medication-monitoring device that is implanted in the permanent dentures of a patient.

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Medication monitoring for elderly people through device implanted in permanent denture

Elderly patients can have difficulty remembering to take prescribed medications . A device is needed to monitor an elderly patient's pill consumption , remind the patient to take the right pills at the right time, and alert a caretaker if the medications are not taken.

The novel contribution is a small medication-monitoring device that is implanted in permanent dentures.

The device uses a rechargeable energy source. This can exploit either kinetic energy produced through chewing or a weighted rotor that turns a tiny electrical generator , charging a rechargeable battery or low-leakage capacitor. A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)reader reads the information from an RFID microchip contained in each consumed pill. The system uses a wireless receiver and transmitter for communication with an external device such as a mobile phone or smart watch . A computing unit performs simple computations such as running a clock . A flash memory stores the medication schedule.

The device monitors which medication a patient takes , compares it against the patient's prescription, and raises appropriate reminders and alarms. Parts of the service can run directly on the device. Other parts of the service, such as configuration and advanced features, can run on a connected device (e.g., cell phone, laptop, etc.).

A user configures the device with information about the patient's medications an...