A common task in hospitals is monitoring the medicine intake of patients. The problem with this activity is that it requires nurses to constantly check to make sure that each patient is taking the proper amount of medication at the specified time. Nurses cannot always accurately keep track of this data, and this mismanagement can lead to dangers for the patients who are misusing their medication. If this data could be collected and managed more easily, such problems would be reduced.
The proposed solution, Adera, is a centralized management system that uses wireless medicine pill containers that communicate their usage to a central server. Each container, using the Spark Core micro-controller, will be able to measure the general amount of pills in its container and will also be able to detect when medication is taken. A central server consisting of a Raspberry Pi receives the data from each container over Wi-Fi and then uploads it into a web interface for a nurse or other administrator to monitor. This data allows the administrator to make sure that each patient is taking the correct amount of medication at the prescribed time, which is useful in preventing over- and under-dosing. The data also lets the administrator monitor how much medication each patient has left, which allows for more efficient refilling of the containers.
This product can be applied to other situations that require keeping track of the usage of medicine. For example, pharmacies may want to keep track of the amount of medicine in stock and would want to know when to order more, so this system would be beneficial to them.