The emergence of the nonadherency of prescribed medications concerns the medical professionals as it could increase the overall healthcare cost and can cause unfavourable repercussion of the patients. For people particularly elderly, patients with intellectual and physical disabilities, and chronic patients who are prescribed with multiple numbers of medications, remembering the right type of pills with correct dosage to be taken at a scheduled time can be a very challenging task. Such situations increase the opportunity for human error and lack of compliance, which can lead to serious short-term and long-term complications. In addition, patients tend to be more reliant on health and social care services and sometimes spend on overly expensive equipment to support their needs. As a result, this dissertation presents a design and execution of a low cost automated medicine dispenser that can be utilized at home to support patients on their daily medications routine. In comparison with existing literature studies related to the proposed system, this device is equipped with improved functionalities such as automation and different notification schemes at a much lower cost. It was accomplished by comprehensively utilizing the effective use of less expensive raw materials, components, and by reducing the number of parts in the device. . The pill storage was designed to accommodate different shapes and sizes of the tablets/capsules. It comes with a small container to group multiple medications at once. Additionally, the device is integrated with IoT that can potentially be implemented into the Bru-HIMS system, to provide support for medical professionals to closely monitor the adherence levels of their patients.
UBD Ref No: U77 Status: Filed
Inventors: Muhammad Mu’az Haji Imran, Chandratilak De Silva Liyanage