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Time to Pop It In!

Digital devices have become a part of our personal ecosystems. Wherever we go, smartphones or and other digital devices are there to help us navigate our daily lives and the challenges we face. And in healthcare environments too, digital technology is seeing increased uptake, but we need to do more, particularly when it comes to tackling patient compliance.

Patient compliance with prescriptions is poor. For a variety of reasons, including poor communication, difficulty opening packaging and a lack of understanding, patients can find it difficult to adhere to their medical courses. My friend and colleague, Janne Sahlman, co-founder of Popit and medical doctor at Kuopio University Hospital, had mentioned that many of his patients would return for multiple surgeries due to noncompliance with post-surgery prescriptions. And though I knew that there were methods of identifying and quantifying patient compliance with solid medications in  smart pill bottles, such solutions were not readily available in all areas. In Europe and Asia, for example, around 80 percent of solid drugs distributed and sold are in blisters and there isn’t a technology to determine when pill consumption occurs. In reality, the industry knows very little about how patients take their pills on a daily basis.

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Timo Heikkilä

COO at Popit, Finland.

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