Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Smart Medication Cabinet
Explain your idea in details:
The objective of the Smart Medication Cabinet is to help elderly people who tend to be forgetful and people with disabilities like loss of sight to take their medication on time and keep them healthy. This could also help people suffering from chronic diseases, reminding them to take their medication, in the design of a compact-sized Smart Medication box. It has the following features: 1) a digestible sensor that checks if a particular medication has been taken and sends low power signals to a receiver under the skin of the patient. This information can be sent to respective doctors too who can keep tabs on their health. This will make sure that there is no need of a third person or a nurse for the elderly and also save doctor trips. 2) Patients with loss of sight cannot identify the exact pill. The cabinet provides a solution by ensuring that the respective compartment will push out only the required amount of the specific medication which will be easy for the person. 3) The cabinet alerts the patient when its time to take medication with a buzzing sound along with an automated message telling that its time to take medicine. A message will also be sent to the phone. 4) There is a bar code scanner placed in the cabinet/box that checks the expiry date and automatically disposes the expired medication. This will greatly help the elderly who cannot read the tiny font of the expiry date or who don't tend to check the expiry date.5) It will place an order for the medication automatically, via the Internet if its empty, taking the whole responsibility of medication off the patient.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
My concept is related to health and well-being, so I believe it will have a huge impact on sustainable development. The smart medication cabinet is aimed at creating the following impacts: 1) Longevity of Life: We can increase the average life expectancy using the smart medicine cabinet as timely medication and diagnosis by the doctor will ensure that the patient takes necessary measures during critical situations. 2) Health Monitoring in Remote Areas: People staying in remote areas with no access to nearby hospitals can have access to physicians without having to commute long distances for general illnesses, as the doctor can monitor the patients health through the ingestible sensor. 3) Accurate Diagnosis: The information sent by the digestible sensor will make it easier to pinpoint the cause of a particular illness and enable the doctor to perform accurate diagnosis. They can also analyze the exact impact of a particular medication. 4) Economic impact: Reports from the World Health Organization, 2003, state that more than 50% of prescribed medications are not taken as directed. Medication non-adherence leads to uncontrolled health conditions, excess hospitalizations, emergency room visits and office visits, resulting in additional cost to the U.S. healthcare system of $528 billion annually. The smart medication cabinet will ensure proper medication to the patient and save all of these costs both for the patient and the healthcare system.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The Smart Medication Cabinet would be custom made with different containers inside the main cabinet, each container containing a different medicine. The bar code corresponding to each medication would be on the container, which will be used to maintain track of the expiry dates. Medicines will be custom made for the device i.e., container sizes and bar codes are specific. Since, there would be a particular schedule, the cabinet would give out the required amount of medication using a weight sensor, of the particular medication and inform the patient when its time to take their medicine. The AI trained model would have to be adept in updating the schedule, placing timely orders, etc. Whenever the prescribed medication is changed by the physician, the schedule will be updated accordingly and the required pills are ordered and/or disposed. The digestive sensor would have to be collaborated with an established digital health company. The cost of the smart cabinet when compared with the aggregate cost of healthcare caused due to untimely medication would be marginally less. So ultimately, there will be an integration of medicine packaging, digestible sensor collaborator, manufacture of cabinets, healthcare systems (doctors, nurses).
My name is Unnathi Chalicheemala and I'm a 20 year old from Hyderabad, India. I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. My best friend was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes from a very young age, and once, during a 3-day trip with the school, she forgot to take her medication and fainted. When she regained consciousness, she kept crying and saying that she couldn't see anything for almost an hour. As a 12 year old in that situation, I was upset that I couldn't do anything to help her. It wasn't her fault because a child couldn't be expected to keep track of her medication. Several years later, when I was at my grandparents place, I noticed how my grandma squinted as she read the labels on the tablets and how tensed she got when she forgot to take her medication any time. This made me think about how an individual's medication could be taken care of without the person having to stress about it. And that is how I came up with the idea of a Smart Medication Cabinet. I am really passionate about building "smart" things that can help make people's lives easier. By taking part in Best Ideas 2020, I believe I will be able to present my views on the seriousness of risks involved by individuals who take medication at home and make a difference in at least a few lives.