All of us on the team have either forgotten to take their medication, or have family members (especially older family members) who have. This is a scary fact, considering that lack of adherence to minimum intake of prescriptions "is estimated to cause approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations, and to cost the American health care system between $100 billion and $289 billion a year."  Drugs are only effective for those that take them, and its a scary thought that “... approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.”  Our goal is to introduce a cheap, all-in-one package that makes it easy to remember to take your medications, requiring as little setup as possible, and simple routine updates to keep your dosages and intake amount up to date. This is especially helpful for those that are still independent but let life distract them, or those that need only minor monitoring in their daily/weekly routine. This can personally benefit our parents and grandparents especially, as it cuts down on costs of needing attending help (or involving family) while preserving their self-confidence of living by themselves.
What it does
This early iteration offers two distinct features:
- The ability to detect and be notified of medicine cabinet/drawer access (or lack thereof) so reminders can be sprung, or theft can be detected. (theft of medication from elderly patients is especially high )
- An app that offers a simplistic "tap and go" system of taking your medication. Streamlining the process to avoid unnecessary steps in what should be a simple routine: a button into a checklist system is provided that auto-navigates away once completed. Provided information include drug names, user-entered dosages, and logs of when they were taken by means of a calendar, especially handy if medication is not meant to be taken every day.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
None of us came here expecting to make an app, so getting one produced that we felt offered the right experience was a nice feeling. Solving the hardware issue was also very appreciated, since that was a fundamental part of our experience and PoC.
What we learned
What's next for MedMonitor
Ideally, we clean up the UI and implement as streamlined a process that is very easy to digest both for medical professionals and those taking care of this themselves. An idea we had but lacked the physical resources to implement involved re-usable NFC tags for prescription bottles, so that you can tap the bottle to your phone and it read off the name and how many you should take, streamlining information flow away from the screen, and allowing for bigger UI elements. We already designed the backbone for NFC support with available packages, but need actual tags to implement and test the idea. Seeing a small footprint, single-device integration setup would be an alternative roadmap for MedMonitor, and will have to be discussed for future endeavors.