It is an incredible honor for the team at Entrepreneur.com to feature AdhereTech in its article, “6 Hot Healthcare Companies: From Smart Pill Bottles to Smart Diapers, What’s Driving Innovation in Medical Tech?" The column begins its coverage of AdhereTech with a note about how the company got started:
Stein entered Wharton Business School in 2010 with a plan: start a business, test it in B-school, and squeeze every drop of value from the MBA program’s entrepreneurial labs. During an annual innovation tournament, he pitched an idea: a [smart] prescription medicine bottle.
AdhereTech would like to point out that the initial idea was just that: an idea, and only an idea. The true magic was in the process of making this concept into a real and unique product, which included designing new technology, including features, understanding patient use-cases, and ensuring that the pill bottle worked in a repeatable fashion. This detailed development, which is the true reason for AdhereTech’s success, was and is a collaborative effort by the entire AdhereTech team and our partners.
The article also touches on AdhereTech’s unique approach to solving the issue of adherence:
After some industry analysis and studying the flaws of existing solutions, [AdhereTech] realized that many products trying to solve medical adherence were complicated tools that required setup and behavioral changes. “There’s a disconnect because many ill patients don’t have this capacity,” says Stein.
That’s why AdhereTech created a smart pill bottle with the top design philosophy being ease of use. This means: no patient setup, no new actions should be learned to use the system, no charging, passive data collection and analysis, no apps required, and the ability to work anywhere in the US.
The customizable AdhereTech system is also described at a high-level:
The patented bottle has built-in cell phone technology that sends data to AdhereTech. The company’s servers detect when the bottle was last opened and closed, and the amount of medicine remaining in it. The bottle lights up blue during the optimal dosage time. When that period passes, it begins to flash red and beep, [and a text message or phone reminder is sent].