Lessons learned so far from Pharmacy Filling of Automated Pill Dispenser / Automatic Pill Dispensers.
Pharmacy Filling Program e-pill Automatic Pill Dispenser
Research shows 3-4 per cent of UK hospital admissions are a result of avoidable medicine-related illness, and between 11 and 30 per cent of these result from patients not using their medicines properly. The costs of admissions resulting from patients not taking prescribed medicines is estimated to be between £36m and £197m in 2006-07.
The device is programmed to dispense pills up to 28 times a day. At the pre-programmed times, the internal pill cassette rotates, the alarm sounds and the correct dosage comes into view through the opening in the lid. Once the alarm has sounded the pills are released by tilting the dispenser allowing them to fall into the hand or a suitable container. It can be used as a stand alone device or linked to a control centre. The latest version of the device can also transmit text messages and e-mails to notify designated contacts (typically family members) if medication has not been dispensed from the device at the medication time. This enables appropriate action to be taken to check on the wellbeing of the individual before a potentially adverse event occurs which might otherwise require a paramedic or ambulance call–out.
Home care visits and telecare services, such as telephone prompts are some of the ways used to ensure medication is taken. Devices such as dosset boxes, calendar clocks, blister packs and talking labels are also common. But the West Midlands Telehealthcare Network found the most successful solution cited by customers and carers was the PivoTell automated pill dispenser (called e-pill MD1 / e-pill Med-Time XL / SKU 991019 / Med-Time 651 in the USA). | Learn more about automatic pill dispensers from e-pill Medication Reminders. | Automated Pill Dispenser Features
Thus far over 250 pharmacies across the pilot areas have been trained to dispense into the automatic pill dispensers.
e-pill Medication Reminders is Boston based medical device company. Since 1999 e-pill timers, alarm watches, pill boxes with alarms and pill dispensers have helped patients around the world remember to take medications on time (improve medication adherence / patient compliance).