Wisepill Technologies, a leading provider of medication adherence management solutions, and Aeris, a pioneer and leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced they are collaborating to help pharmaceutical businesses and healthcare organizations around the world improve medication management for their patients through IoT-enabled smart pillboxes.
Wisepill Technologies is the creator of the Wisepill dispenser, a pillbox with a global systems for mobile communications (GSM) chip that uses a mobile phone and IoT technologies enabled by Aeris to provide real-time medication management solutions. Aeris IoT Connectivity services offers many features to provide Wisepill with the opportunity to enhance service delivery and increase service radius.
Wisepill was founded in 2007 by Lloyd and Ricci Marshall to tackle the challenging problem of medication non-adherence in both developed and developing countries. The Wisepill dispenser was designed so that it would be easy to use. A number of independent user surveys have shown that people benefit from using the dispenser and appreciate the support they receive via the service and reminders.
The Wisepill electronic pillbox monitors patient adherence and provides instant feedback via cellular and IoT technologies. Unlike many reminder systems on the market that nag users to take their medicine, the Wisepill system was created to remind users only when they forget.
Wisepill has been used by patients with tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), epilepsy, osteoporosis, chronic heart conditions, diabetes, leukemia, asthma, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and hepatitis C in more than 20 countries. The Family Health International chose Wisepill for its Truvada clinical trials. This was the first time that anti-retro viral drugs were used as a pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment for high-risk HIV patients.
The Wisepill system also has been used by research organizations and universities to monitor adherence for research purposes. Wisepill has worked with Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Initiative for Global Health to adapt the technology to work well in a rural environment where cellular networks are not always reliable.
Ricci Marshall, Owner and Director, Wisepill Technologies:
“Wisepill Technologies is excited to provide a truly global data solution to our clients enabled by Aeris and its IoT Connectivity services. This partnership with Aeris means that Wisepill can provide an awesome customer experience in every corner of the globe.”
Raj Kanaya, Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director of Automotive, Aeris, and CEO, Aeris Japan:
“Aeris is an Internet of Things industry leader and through our work with Wisepill Technologies we are helping enable their clients, pharmaceutical businesses and healthcare organizations around the world to use IoT technologies and improve their adherence to medication management. The combination of Aeris and Wisepill also gives patients the peace of mind knowing they are able to properly take their medication.”