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I just saw a link on BoingBoing about GlowCaps (Linky) - Pill bottle tops with wireless indicators which remind you, and it made me think of a simpler solution: A simple QR code on the side of the pill bottle with dossage instructions encoded on it, and a normal smart-phone (capable of reminding the
user and messaging results.
When you pick up a bottle of pills from the chemist, you scan the bottle's QR code with a little app that processes the dosage instructions into phone alarm reminders, reminders to re-order pills etc.
Whenever the user is reminded to take a pill, all they do when they receive a reminder alram/text is rescan the bottle (to confirm they've taken the medication ) the app checks that they're taking the right pill, at the right time, and reports/alerts on mistakes.
Boing Boing: Harnessing the power of feedback loops
GlowCaps [Dub, Jul 08 2011]
[theircompetitor, Jul 08 2011]
[mouseposture, Jul 08 2011]
QR Code Specification
Up to 300 characters can be stored/retrieved reliably (and codes can be combined for more information) [Dub, Jul 09 2011]
||I love this! (+)
Though it has a mismatched target audience. I think
the majority of the pill takers are not smart phone
users, but it is certainly at least halfbaked.
||Conveniently the voices tell me to take my meds when I've forgotten.
||//Conveniently the voices tell me to take my meds
when I've forgotten.//
Though that only works if the voices are not trying to
||hah [dub] I can actually hear you describing this... spent too many hours chatting I fear.
||nah, here's to many more hours.
||actually what I'd like is an app that matches all your pills to make sure they all are appropriate together - po' pharmacists - dad would be spinning in his plot.
||//an app that matches all your pills to make sure
they all are appropriate together // AKA drug
interaction database. e.g. <link>. It's for PDAs.
also a web-based version, i.e. you could access it
with a browser-equipped cellphone.
||Probably expensive, though: these folks make a
profit by charging for access to their intellectual
property, and their usual customers have deep
||But pharmacists already have these databases, as
medical practices big enough to do electronic
||[po] yup, it could do that too.
I was imagining a phone could do most of what the cap described on the BB link could do, and more...
||I just saw the next comment [mouseposture]... It could do it whether or not the prescriptions are running concurrently as a double
check... Well it couldn't do any harm, could it?
||[Dub] There's at least one situation in which your
system would work better than the one I linked.
Suppose someone had "as needed"("PRN")
prescriptions for several pain medications,
including some "combination" meds containing
acetaminophen. The prescriptions would specify
a maximum dose per day for each, but wouldn't
stop you ODing on acetaminophen by taking a a
combination of (permitted doses of) Percocet,
Darvocet, and Tylenol Number 3 for example
Might be other examples.
|| Not that you can get Darvocet anymore, but
you get the idea.
 But something's already seriously wrong if
you've got a collection of prescriptions like that.