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The digital tablet dispenser

Minimise risks when taking tablets

Digital tablet dispensers not only offer reminder functions and safe storage of medication, but also several other supporting functions.

Safety and help in everyday care

The digital tablet dispenser

Even if there is often still a certain uncertainty and reluctance with regard to electronic support in care: digital care aids represent a sensible relief in the everyday life of people in need of care and caregivers. In recent years, numerous products have come onto the market whose use promises more safety or independence. One of these many new helpers is the automatic tablet dispenser, which is mainly used in the home environment. This article explains how the digital dispenser works and for whom the purchase is worthwhile.

Safe tablet taking thanks to intelligent helper

For many seniors, but also for chronically ill people, taking tablets every day is indispensable. What's more, for many tablets it is extremely important to take them at a certain time or at a certain interval. Forgetting a dose can sometimes have serious consequences. Moreover, if you have to take not just one, but many different medicines, you can quickly get confused. Have I already taken the tablet? What happens if I forget to take it or accidentally take too high a dose? - These are just some of the questions and thoughts that often accompany taking medication.

According to pharmacies and health insurance companies, about Half of the medicines taken incorrectly - or simply forget to take them. Therapy with medicines is therefore still considered to be very prone to errors. In addition, many people have already lost track of their own "jumble of tablets", which increases the risk of interactions.

Until now, there was usually only one solution: the tablet box. It contains the prepared tablets for about a week or a day, divided into morning, noon and evening. Many patients know and use such boxes because they are quite cheap to buy. But a conventional tablet box has some disadvantages:

  • The intake can simply be forgotten
  • Taking tablets at specific intervals is not facilitated
  • Tablets can have serious interactions
  • The tablet box must be filled correctly in advance
  • The tablet box is easy to open, which can lead to unscheduled receipts or mess when dropped
But there are now alternatives. One of them is a digital tablet dispenser: it not only offers a reminder function as well as safe and medication-friendly storage, but also several other supporting functions.

Advantages of digital tablet dispensers

Digital medication dispensers minimise many risks when taking tablets in the home environment. At the same time, they convince with numerous advantages:

1. reminder functions:

Digital tablet dispensers have integrated reminder functions that not only ensure that the right medicine is dispensed at the right time, but also draw attention to themselves via an acoustic or visual signal. Some models send additional notifications to the mobile phone or smartwatch. Reminder calls are also possible.

2. dispensing medicines at the right time

As the smart assistants automatically contain the complete medication schedule with the daily dispensing times, they are also suitable for the reliable and safe dispensing of medicines that have to be taken at specific times, several times a day or at specific intervals.

3. warning function:

However, if the dose is not taken or forgotten, relatives or caregivers are informed, for example via push notifications on their smartphone or through integrated apps.

4. accurate recording of medicines:

An immense plus of the digital solution with medication dispensers is the safe filling. This is done by the pharmacy, relatives or the patients themselves. In the process, the pharmacy creates the medication plan, which means that changes and side effects can be recognised more quickly. When filling the tablet dispenser, the respective blister packs are automatically scanned. The printed barcode ensures that the correct medication is always dispensed.

5. exclude ingestion errors:

The digital solution with the tablet dispenser ensures that the right medicine is dispensed at the right time in the right dose. This eliminates medication mix-ups, wrong dosages or taking the medication at the wrong time.

6. correct storage of medicines:

Some medicines can become unstable if they are taken out of the packaging too early. However, as tablets do not need to be 'pre-sorted' for the digital dispenser, the medicines remain in the secure blister pack until just before they are taken. This protects the tablets from light or other influences that could affect efficacy.

7. automatic reordering and compilation in the pharmacy:

With this solution, the pharmacy takes over the complete medication management. Not only does it prepare the checked medication plan and have the medicines prepared safely and automatically, it also takes over the prescription management. When a prescription expires, the pharmacy takes care of the necessary follow-up prescription. This also saves a lot of time and stress for those involved.

Another plus: since the medicines are put together by the pharmacy, interactions and side effects as well as intolerances can be reduced to a minimum.

Such a solution with the associated digital medication box therefore has numerous advantages that ensure more safety when taking medication. Above all, the aspects "reminder" and "correct medication in the correct dosage" can be controlled much better this way. The device thus also helps dementia patients and their relatives in particular to monitor the correct medication.

The disadvantage of a digital medication dispenser is the significantly higher costs compared to a conventional medication box. However, there is much to suggest that medication dispensers will be included in the catalogue of digital care assistants, which will reduce costs in the future from Health or long-term care insurance funds could be taken over. A sensible step, especially against the backdrop of an estimated 250,000 hospital stays annually that are due to incorrect medication. For health insurance companies, therefore, there is not only a potential for cost savings, but above all an immense one.

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