Medication non-adherence is a common, complex and costly problem that contributes to poor patient outcomes and dwindling healthcare resources. Non-adherence is difficult to measure precisely and, to date, interventions to mitigate it have been largely unsuccessful. Using smartphone applications together with IoT-based smart devices provides a new approach to improving medication adherence.
To combat this prevalent problem, E Ink created a smartphone-based smart packaging label that displays personalized content that can be pushed to the packaging label as a communication interface, delivering vital information to patients and creating a gateway to improve patient engagement. With E Ink’s low power, high contrast paper-like display technology, patients can receive information, including:
• A reminder that it’s time for users to take their medication.
• The quantity of medication in the package.
• The time at which medication is taken.
• Further, patients have the ability to provide refill service by simply pushing a button on the product label.
“E Ink’s smart packaging label can be applied on both primary and secondary containers, from paperboard cartons to prefilled syringes to pill dispensers,” said Dr. FY Gan, GM of ESI Business Unit of E Ink Holdings.
Developing privacy-preserving medication management software, HTC enables real-time medication consumption tracking, symptom and side effects disclosure, and treatment outcome evaluation.
“As a packaging and services provider fully dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry, we are committed to developing the most successful applications with our partners,” said Mauro Marchi, CEO of Palladio Group. “PhutureMed is an example of a program that has been conceived with the main objective of creating innovative packaging solutions for the medicine of the future. It’s an intelligent packaging system designed to support patients in monitoring and complying with their medicine regimes.”
Information displayed includes barcode, QR code, multi-language text message and graphics. E Ink’s smart packaging label is compatible with many wireless communication protocols such as BLE, WiFi, ZigBee, etc.
The combination of HTC’s medication application software, Palladio’s packaging operation and E Ink’s global platform of smart IoT device solutions will enhance patients’ understanding of medication information, empowering people to live better lives.