Inspiration

We wanted to ease the complicated prescription medicine process, especially for elderly people who have to juggle multiple prescriptions at the same time.

What it does

The AutoMed dispenses medication, at the right time, in the right quantity for the patient. It prevents the patient from taking the incorrect medication, or the incorrect amount of medicine. It also uploads data to MongoDB, so that the patient's pharmacist and doctor can monitor the patient's progress on their medication. In addition, the patient and pharmacist can be reminded to refill the prescription when the medication runs low.

How I built it

We built the AutoMed using Python3 running on a Raspberry Pi, which controls all the servos and leds.

Challenges I ran into

Initially, we attempted using the Dragon 410c and Pynq Z1, but we could not get the GPIO to properly interface in order to control the motors. As a result, we switched to the Raspberry Pi.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We're proud of the proof of concept dispenser we created.

What I learned

Research and choose the right hardware ahead of time!

What's next for AutoMed

We hope to expand this to allow further push reminders and functionality for the patient, doctor, and pharmacist. For example, expiry date reminders can be set, in addition to reminders if the patient forgets to take their medication. Missed medication can be tracked and reported to the doctor, allowing them to track and/or recommend alternatives or best courses of action. Specialized medication storage can be incorporated, such as lock storage for opioids or refrigerated storage for antibiotics. An option to add non-prescription medication, such as Advil, Benadryl, or Tylenol. We'd also like to incorporate a GUI and a touchscreen on the AutoMed, to allow for easy use by the patient.

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