It’s no secret that medication non-adherence is one of the largest problems in healthcare. As health tech innovators search for new tools to improve adherence, many experts agree that a seamless piece of hardware, like the AdhereTech smart pill bottle, has distinct advantages. Pharmacy Practice News reports:
Kevin Clauson, PharmD, an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville… suggested that bridge technology is a more promising strategy [to improve medication adherence, compared to smart phone apps.]
Bridge technology starts with something familiar, like a physical pillbox [or pill bottle] and then translates that to a digital solution, he said.
Dr. Clauson then discusses the specific advantages of AdhereTech:
“[AdhereTech’s] device has a lot of potential to improve medication adherence as it attacks the problem in multiple ways,” Dr. Clauson said. “Also, because it comes in the form of a familiar pill bottle that patients already use, it does not force them to integrate a new device into their lives. Since sensors could actually measure [adherence and] stream the data to the patient, pharmacist or physician, it also offers a potentially useful data stream to help with tailoring therapy and interventions.”
As AdhereTech continues to built out our technology, experts see large value in the data that we collect, including Dr. Lindsey Dayer, PharmD, BCACP, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at UAMS College of Pharmacy:
One feature that could facilitate this trend [of technology adoption in healthcare] and prove very beneficial, especially for health care providers, is a level of connectivity to the electronic health record, Dr. Dayer said. It would enable providers to better evaluate how and when patients take their medications, and possibly lead to better treatment outcomes, she continued.