Taiwanese designers Ying-Chien Lin, Yue-Hua Li & Wei-Yin Su have developed a medicine management system geared toward the elderly. The system would feature a touch screen and a camera for reading bar codes on drug packages, as well as accompanying programmable boxes that can remind users when to take their pills.
Proposed features according to the designers:
Use touch screen as the interface of medicine query system to simplify process. Scan the bar code to acquire the name and information of medicines. Prompt the elders to take medicine regularly by voice and vibration. Doctors can transmit the information of medical treatment to the electronic pill-box. Patients can read the information from their personal medicine system at home. The electronic pill-box can save the essential information of personal health and medicine, and provide the information for emergency. For Memory Aid , the electronic pill-box can connects to HIS to download the information of medical treatment. For the best curative effect of medicine, the elders can carry the portable electronic pill-box and set the time for reminding to take medicine while going out. For Medicine Safety, the elders can obtain information, notice, and time for the medicine by scanning bar code or QR code on the medicine bag. For self-care at home, the host system includes the functions of reminding to take medicine and for querying medicine database to understand the medicine better.
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