Wireless pill bottle wins “Healthcare Innovation World Cup”

healthcare innovation wireless pill bottle (seth waite http://www.flickr.com/photos/28674126@N02/)

A wireless pill bottle has won first prize in the Boehringer Ingelheim-funded Healthcare Innovation World Cup. The innovation, made by AdhereTech, measures medication remaining in the bottle and then wirelessly sends this data into a cloud. Patients then receive either an automated phone call or text message to remind them to take their medication. The technology is designed to help improve medication adherence. AdhereTech will begin a trial with the bottle at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to test the technology with type 2 diabetes mellitus patients (press release).

The three other finalists of the global diabetes innovation challenge were:

  • Team IITKgp (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur) – a non-invasive blood glucose measurement device, based on photoacoustic spectroscopy, to enable painless, sample-free and accurate glucose measurement for diabetics
  • SmartSense – a multianalyte sensing device for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)
  • EndoGoal – a mobile and web-based rewards program for people with insulin-dependent diabetes who track daily glucoses

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