Worldwide, the population is aging. Together with living longer, people get more chronic diseases. A lot of those
diseases can be treated with medication, meaning that the life-threatening aspects of that diseases can be lowered or
Unfortunately, both for the individual as for society, patients do not adhere to their treatment. People stop taking
their pills. Studies worldwide show this behavior, and for the United States alone, is estimated to
cost almost 289 billion of USD and causes 125,000 deaths per year.
Technology as such will not solve this, but with the use of NFC-enabled smart phones and smart blisters,
patients get pill reminders according to their prescription. If patients doubt, they can check whether they took their
pill already. In this way, people are stimulated to adhere, and it also avoids overdose mistakes.
With the NTAG SmartSensor, it is possible to create a smart blister that monitors the pill taking. Thru the NFC
interface, the data is uploaded into the smartphone app. That data can be relayed into the cloud toward caregivers who
can follow up and coach patients.
Thanks to the flexibility of the NTAG SmartSensor, solution partners and sellers can easily create derivatives with our
examples in the SDKs: a smart pill bottle counting and storing each time a pill is taken out.