Improving medication adherence by remote monitoring of monitored dosage system trays
Poor adherence to prescribed medication is known to be a major problem for all long-term conditions, with only 50% of medication taken correctly. Non-adherence in the NHS is estimated to cost more than £500m per annum and is associated with a 50% increase in falls. This project will add sensors to existing medication packaging so that friends, family, service providers and healthcare professionals can remotely monitor medication consumption and assist the elderly person with adherence. Unique aspects of the project are a sensor design that can be added to weekly medication trays at minimal incremental cost with no change to current pharmacy procedures and communications technology that can be easily self-installed in every home.