Testing Digital Medicines to Improve Adherence

In an effort to increase medication adherence, Children’s Health in Dallas is testing technology that uses tiny sensors embedded in the medicine. The sensors connects with a patch the patient wears on his or her side, relaying such information as increases or drops in blood pressure, heart rate, and sleep patterns. That data is then transmitted via the cloud to a server at the hospital. Patients, caregivers, and providers can view the data and see whether medications have been taken and whether they were in the proper dose and schedule. The first patient to test the digital medicine at Children’s is a 6-year-old girl who underwent a kidney transplant a year ago and must take a complex regimen of vitamins, steroids, and blood pressure, urinary tract, and immunosuppressive drugs daily.
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