Patients having to use auto injectors to administer therapeutic medications often struggle to learn the process and perform the task on themselves. Noble, a company out of Orlando, Florida, has unveiled its new Smart Injection Pad for training patients on how to use auto injectors so they’re more prepared to give shots to themselves.
The device includes pressure sensors that detect how well the auto injector is applied to the target pad and gives visual and audio cues to help correct the technique. The data is actually recorded and shared by the device via Bluetooth, WiFi, or Near Field Communication (NFC) technology so that patients can be assessed on their performance after they’re given private time to get the hang of using the auto injectors.
It works with both shield and button-activated auto injectors, but practice is done with the needles removed.
“We recently found that 73 percent of patients reported increased anxiety levels surrounding injectable treatment therapies when relying on an instruction manual as their only form of training. Looking at treatment from the patient’s perspective, their lives are hectic and medical instructions can be difficult to understand,” said Jeff Baker, CEO of Noble, in a statement. “Their lack of understanding can lead to avoidance behaviors which come with incredible healthcare costs. We’ve created devices like Smart Injection Pad to help brands decrease patient anxiety and complications that lead to them stop complying with their treatment plan.”