Wake Forest students develop prescription monitoring device

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two students in Wake Forest University’s MBA program have developed a new device that could change the way people take prescription medications.

The technology, called NVOLVE System, monitors if patients are taking their medication properly. It works by tracking each bottle’s weight.

“When the pill bottle is removed and medication is taken out of the bottle, our system picks up when the medication was removed and how much medication was removed,” said Scott Coldagelli, a creator of the device and co-founder of N2 Medical Solutions.

The NVOLVE System is connected to the Internet, so it instantly alerts caregivers, doctors or patients themselves when pills are or aren’t taken correctly.

While the concept could be used for a variety of reasons, it was created with family in mind.

“I think all of us have been touched with the problem of having an aging parent, grandparent, great-grandparent that lives remotely. You just want to know that they’re OK,” said Andy Bowline, the other creator of the device and co-founder of N2 Medical Solutions.

The system can be programmed to automatically send a text, email or call someone if a medication is taken the wrong way.

“If somebody is on a diuretic and they take too much of that diuretic, then that could be life threatening. We may want to skip over a reminder to the patient and go straight to a caregiver,” said Bowline.

Coldagelli and Bowlin say they are partnering with an assisted living facility in Winston-Salem this summer to test the product on 5-10 patients. They hope to sell the device to the public for about $75 in the next 6-8 months.

10 comments

  • Fay Thacker

    It should work for however many you take if it’s programmable ,,,if it’s programmable it should be similar to a computer , ,,if not it’s not worth the money,,

  • Steve Belanger

    also if it only works on weight of the bottle, you know that X amount of pills were taken out of the bottle, but how do you know if the patient actually took them or just placed them into their pocket or something (might depend on how it’s implemented obviously)

  • CA

    It seems like there would need to be a unit for each bottle of medication. Also, if someone were to have more than one unit, what happens when they accidentally mix up which medication belongs on which unit? I see some major flaws here for individuals on more than one medication.

  • Erin Anderson

    I just checked out the website and it looks like the device can hold several bottles of pills at one time. I think this is a great idea. Not only to monitor that medication is taken, but particularly to stop prescription pill abuse. This device tracks time and amount of medication. The possibilities are endless.

  • SAC

    The website for this company is http://www.n2medicalsolutions.com and it goes into detail discussing some of the concerns listed above. There is RFID technology built into the device so it tracks what pill bottle is where, allowing it to track several different medications at the same time if need be.

  • Savannah Barrett

    I take multiple meds each day and night; once a week I “load” my pill boxes so I don’t have to carry multiple drug bottles in my purse. So, how’s this supposed to work??? Good idea but not thought all the way through yet.

  • MEDIC

    Ok does anyone else see the pink elephant? This is about narcotic pill abuse not pts that live in assisted living or elderly independent living. Too easy to cheat this device. Get rich quick on the back of the pill abuse scare…. nice try

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