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ABSTRACT

A WIRELESS METHOD FOR MONITORING

MEDICATION COMPLIANCE

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Jeffrey Scott Jonas

Did you take your pill today?  That’s a simple question for which there are many devices on the market to help remind patients take their pills, varying in complexity from timers to automatic dispensers.  But they don’t share their results: they require observation by a caregiver.  Medication Compliance (diligently taking one’s medicine as prescribed) is a major concern because it is a leading cause of preventable emergency room visits and avoidable illnesses.

This thesis demonstrates a minimalist approach which monitors when pills are removed from a pillbox.  If the medicine is not removed at the proper time then a caregiver is notified via email or text-message so they may visit or call the patient to remind them to take the medication and understand the circumstances.

This investigation further explores modular and incremental system expansion to incorporate new technologies and facilitate participation in health monitoring systems with HIPAA compliance to assure the patient’s privacy while giving the freedom to live at home with minimally intrusive observation.  This is unique from other prototypes for it empowers the patient to control their initial and recurring costs with a variety of configurations.

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