Posted on July 29, 2016 by staff

The intelligent pill bottle which monitors medicine use


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One of the key areas of healthcare is ensuring that patients are taking the medicines they’re prescribed – which is where eLucid mHealth comes in.

Established in 2013 by Farid Khan and Graham Howieson, the duo aimed to bring together Howieson’s experience in clinical trial packaging and supply and Khan’s bio-tech research.

Dr James Burnstone joined as CTO a year later to provide the technology and engineering expertise.

eLucid’s main product is Med eBottle, an intelligent pill bottle.

Together with a mobile app and cloud-based system, the tool can monitor a person’s medicine use in real time.

The bottle effectively knows the identity of its user and when it should and shouldn’t be used. It can alert medical staff if the medication is taken incorrectly.

“It’s like having a little doctor with you all the time helping you take care of your medicine use,” explains Burnstone.

The product is still currently in the development phase.

Studies and clinical trials are currently being organised to collect data about how people feel using it.

“We are also part of an NHS testbed based in Surrey and East Hampshire borders,” says Burnstone.

“We are testing our products as part of an Internet of Things consortium with other great med tech companies; the study is based around patients with dementia and building a connected IoT health care system in the home.”

eLucid, based at Manchester Science Partnership, is currently putting together plans for its next work and recently closed a funding round.

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