It is estimated that up to half of prescribed medicines are not used as the prescriber intended. Non-adherence and underuse represents a loss to patients, the healthcare system and society at large, as it is a missed opportunity for health improvement and a waste of valuable resources. To address this problem a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition was launched by NHS England in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks to find innovative products and services. Folium Optics successfully bid for a phase 1 project which we have now completed.
My Health Tags are smart electronic tags attached to medicine packaging. They are wirelessly linked to a cloud service and to an attractive separate reminder display. The tag has an always-on vivid display and shows clearly which packet should be opened and when. It has a simple user input to log medication, ultra-low power wireless communications and sensors to detect when the packet is moved. The reusable tags are lightweight and robust, will still work if the medication is taken outside the home and can be simply configured by the pharmacist, carer or user. We have initially targeted those entering old age (65-75) and we are looking to develop the system to work for other groups. Our technology integrates well with people’s lifestyles, making it easier for them to manage their medication, and acts as a bridge to higher intervention solutions such as medicine compliance aids.
My Health Tags are made possible by our plastic displays. Folium Optics designed and made the custom plastic displays and the embedded electronics, and managed the project. We worked with Pumpco to develop the cloud service and the communications between the devices. Designability helped us with the tag and user interface design - at all stages we engaged with stakeholders including patients, carers and clinicians to ensure that we delivered a solution that met their needs.
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This work was commissioned and funded by NHS England. The views expressed in the publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily that of the funding partners.