Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Medication Reminder System Helps Elderly Stay Independent

In January, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I was really pleased to find some innovative products designed to meet some of the most important health care needs.

One such product is called MedSignals. This is a programmable medication delivery system that reminds patients to take their medications and clues them as to how many pills to take at a time. It also has some very smart capabilities to alert caregivers and home health nurses when patients have missed doses. It records data which can be plotted to determine trends.

The unit holds a one month supply of most medications and has 4 bins. Additional units can be added on. This reminder system offers options to assist aging parents to remain at home and give their children or othet caregivers surveillance of medication compliance even at a distance. Intervention can be made before it becomes a crisis if a dose is missed.

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