During the twilight years of one’s life, it becomes more and more difficult, and yet equally imperative, to protect one’s dignity. A gradual loss of memory and motor skills in the elderly makes them increasingly dependent on their care-givers. This creates a sense of helplessness and hopelessness in them, which negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health.
EasyPill is an innovative medical system, which integrates a pill organizer- “Pillpad”- with the medical data base and App. Its use is intuitive and easy for the elderly. In this system, doctors and pharmacists set up the pill taking schedule by using the App, so that elderly users are able to take the right pills at the right time independently. Moreover, the families of the users can be aware of the situation of the elders taking the medicines through the system.
Designers : Chung-yen Chang, Surya Bhattacharya, Tahsin Emre Eke, Yuhang Yang
The pad works with an app called ‘PillUp’ which synchronizes the information about the pills and when they need to be taken etc. At pre-set times of the day, the corresponding pill bottles are highlighted with the use of lights on the pad, circling the base of the appropriate bottles. In case the user misses a dose, unintentionally or otherwise, a notification is sent to the doctor or family’s end of the application, so they can remain updated, and take action if necessary.
The language of the lights on the pad also provides a visual feedback to the users, so they do not mistakenly over- or under-dose, and are also encouraged to be regular with their medicines.
Easypill facilitates a more self-sufficient life for people of advancing age. The independence that they will be able to gain through the use of this product will be beneficial for their emotional well-being, in addition to the physiological advantage of being prompted to take their medication on time.