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The Medication Management Makeover: Automated Medication Dispensers

Once a diagnosis is made, medications, as well as a new routine, will likely be prescribed as part of a plan to manage one’s health moving forward. It can be difficult to break free of the status quo and incorporate major shake-ups and changes into daily life. Managing medications properly can feel like just one more thing to remember on a list of tasks for both care recipients and caregivers alike. Thankfully, we live in an age where artificial intelligence is advancing healthcare in hospitals, care facilities and even right at home with the advent of products such as the automated medication dispenser.

Gone are the days when a loved one or caregiver must stand before a mirrored bathroom cabinet trying to remember which pill needs to be taken at which hour, only to find themselves rummaging through full bottles and empty bottles wedged between toiletries while trying to read the directions on each yet another time. Medication management finally got the upgrade it (and the users) deserved. Automated medication dispensers have a host of benefits that go way beyond simply keeping bottles from tumbling out of the cabinet; they ensure that care recipients take their medication correctly and on time.

At a high-level, automated medication dispensing systems, like Pria, help keep care recipients compliant with their doctors’ orders by promoting medication adherence and in turn lowering the instances of overdosing and/or underdosing, which could prove problematic to one’s health. Once users do the initial and simple setup, which includes a guided loading of medication and alert set-ups, care recipients and caregivers are on their way to experiencing easy and connected medication management.

Automated dispensing systems alert users as to when it is time to take specific pills all in one place. No need to set alarm clocks or repeat smartphone alarms, all things regarding medication timing are taken care of in one connected system. Once alerted, Pria for instance, verifies the identity of the user by way of facial recognition or via a pre-selected PIN. If everything checks out, the proper dosage will dispense into a pill cup. Additionally, automated dispensing systems can also monitor for missed doses and provide updates and alerts on all scheduled doses to caregivers and recipients by way of a smartphone application and a connected user interface that allows for two-way calling, check-ins, reminders, reporting and more.

While the ease-of-use and connectivity of today’s automated pill dispensers are impressive, the most important benefit that they provide is peace of mind. When away from the home, caregivers can rest assured that loved ones can easily stay on top of their medications and that caregivers will be kept in the loop, notified about scheduled and missed doses. Care recipients can experience a new level of autonomy and security in being able to care for themselves when caregivers are at work or taking care of personal matters in their own lives. Users will have no need to be intimated by these devices as automated pill dispensers are designed for ease-of-use for those who are battling a host of health issues. This intelligent solution is simple for care recipients to incorporate into their daily routines and medication regimens, streamlining the entire process and getting them back to spending quality time with friends and family instead of scratching their heads in front of the medicine cabinet.

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