M2M Module for Medication Adherence Programs

24th March 2010

Telit Wireless Solutions says that its GE864-QUAD M2M module has been selected by Vitality as the cellular connectivity module in the company's intelligent pill bottle caps, called GlowCaps. Vitality GlowCaps provide individualized feedback programs that help people improve prescription adherence.

"For the first time in the healthcare industry we can use minute-by-minute adherence data to motivate healthy behavior," said David Rose, CEO of Vitality. "Telit's module enables Vitality to call people when they don't take their medication and refill people's medications before they run out."

GlowCaps fit on standard prescription bottles and use light then sound reminders then a phone call or text message so people don't miss a dose. Every time the pill bottle is opened the GlowCaps securely sends data to Vitality using the AT&T cellular network via Telit's module. Daily adherence information is used to compile periodic progress reports that are emailed to patients, caregivers and doctors. Using sophisticated pattern recognition, Vitality uncovers the key motivational levers for each individual, and then tailors programs to activate these levers and break through whatever barriers exist. GlowCaps can also automatically refill prescriptions as pills deplete.

"GlowCaps are an excellent example of how embedded cellular functionality in consumer-focused mHealth devices can vastly improve the effectiveness of patient care," said Michael Ueland, Vice President & General Manager of Telit Wireless Solutions -- North America. "We are seeing a common theme emerge across various industries as more companies rely on the reach of cellular communications to encourage more positive behavior and better decision making. Thanks to Vitality, motivation from GlowCaps can not only reduce healthcare costs, but improve treatment outcomes by increasing adherence."

According to The New England Healthcare Institute poor adherence to prescription medications reduces treatment effectiveness, costing the U.S. $290 billion a year, accounting for approximately 13 percent of total annual healthcare expenses. Vitality GlowCaps and behavioral programs are designed to solve this problem for patients, pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, and healthcare providers.

The low profile and small, 30 x 30 x 2.8 mm size of Telit's GE864-QUAD make this GSM/GPRS module one of the smallest and most powerful modules available. Featuring a Ball Grid Array (BGA) design, tape and reel packaging and an integrated TCP/IP protocol stack that provides support for UDP, FTP and SMTP via AT commands, the GE864-QUAD is ideally engineered for seamless integration with compact consumer electronics and telemedicine applications.

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