Bottle cap: 4 3/4 x 2 x 2" (12 x 5 x 5 cm); night light: 4 7/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/8" (12.5 x 9.5 x 6 cm)
Numerous studies tell us that patients are often unreliable about taking medications, both in clinical trials and in the treatment of chronic illness. David Rose has tackled this issue with his GlowCap system, which employs both reminders for the patient and communication with pharmacies and doctors to ensure that prescription medication is taken properly. GlowCaps fit most standard prescription bottles and, once programmed, use light and sound to signal when it is time to take a pill. The GlowCap knows when the pill bottle has been opened and keeps track of the bottle’s status via a wireless network. If the bottle is not opened at prescribed times, the patient receives a reminder by phone. GlowCaps also communicate with pharmacies about medication refills and send regular e-mail updates to family, caregivers, or doctors.