Using AI to prove you've taken your medicine

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:01 AM

Toss into the mix the damaging impact non-adherence can have on the clinical trial process and you've a situation that needs urgent remedy.

Using AI to prove you've taken your medicine

Medical adherence is an enormous challenge for the healthcare industry, with a failure to get the exact medicine at the exact time believed to cost in the region of $300bn a year, and approximately 120.000 deaths.

Toss into the mix the damaging impact non-adherence can have on the clinical trial process and you've a situation that needs urgent remedy.

Low-tech vs high-tech

I've written previously about a relatively low technology approach to improving things, with a study that was published in the Annual Review of Public Health exploring the utilize of text messaging to improve adherence.

It found that a ordinary text message reminder can be a grand way to prod us into taking the right medication at the right time. Suffice to say, this does still require an element of believe as doctors still have small proof that the patient has done what they claimed.

This is where AI based startup AICure aims to make better matters. They combine machine learning with smartphone technology to both remind people to get their medicine, and also attempt and prove that they did so.

The technology sends the patient a reminder, and then requests that they utilize the camera built into their phone to video themselves taking the medicine.

The machine learning then kicks into gear, attempting to recognize that the person in the video is the patient, and then to identify the pill in the mouth of the patient to prove that they've taken their medicine.

This successful (or unsuccessful) identification is then communicated with the patients doctor, with an analytics dashboard available to both parties charting the adherence to their medical plan.

Suffice to say, it does require the patient to have a smartphone in order to get footage, but it'south a potentially kind reply to a significant challenge for both the healthcare and medical research industries.

Check out the video below to look AI Remedy in action.

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