NPR: 'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Enough to Help the Medicine Go Down

Lauren Silverman, NPR, 8/22/17

What if I told you there was a way to use technology to save an estimated $100 billion to $300 billion dollars a year in health care spending in the U.S.? That's the estimated cost incurred because people don't take the medications they're prescribed.

A number of companies are now selling wireless "smart" pill bottles, Internet-linked devices aimed at reminding people to take their pills. But recent research suggests that actually changing that behavior may take more than an electronic nudge...Read More >> 

Upgrading Adherence: Patient Insights in the Age of AI

By: Julian Upton

According to Brock, in the UK, about 40% of the National Health Service (NHS) budget is spent on the over-65 age group. “Anything that can be done to keep people feeling secure, independent and ‘normal’ in their own home is going to be a big win for everyone,” he says.

Brock points out that devices like the Echo are already being adopted as an assistive technology by entrepreneurial patients and carers. A voice-driven conversational interface doesn’t require any manual dexterity to use it, so it’s immediately suited to people with conditions such as arthritis or Parkinson’s disease. Read more here.