Dispense-a-bot is a hardware and software solution that simplifies the logistics of providing medication to people with dementia in group homes and dementia villages.
We are solving the issue that medications does not always get to their recipient on time. There is also the problem that care-givers and pharmacists sometimes do not have the time to deal with all of the logistics in dispensing the pills.
We have built an automatic pill dispensing machine that is able to sync with the caregivers phone or tablet. The phone/tablet will notify the care giver that it is time to dispense the medication, at which time, the machine will do just that. The machine dispenses the correct amount of medication which is dictated by the prescription that the doctor or pharmacists adds to the dispense-a-bot website for that patient.
It will impact the caregivers by making the process of dispensing medication much more streamlined and effecient. It will impact the patients by increasing the chances that they will receive their medication on time.
Arduino, Bluetooth, B4A language, XCode, alamofier, jquery, html, css, swift, mongo db, GO, iOS, Android
Terence Tsang - iOS
Xiule Lin - Back End
Tina Qian - Web
Daniel Weisberg - Hardware
The full story:
My (Daniel) grandma had suffered with dementia. Seeing her drift between being able to have a proper conversation to not being able to recognize who I was, was one of the most challenging experiences that I have ever had. Near the end, she was taken to a group home for dementia patients. While there, I noticed how each person recieved important medication on a regime. The system was complex with many different people receiving their medication by care-givers that were assigned to a large amount of patients. It seemed that the chance of something going wrong was very high.
When I went home I decided to search up a bit about how the process of providing patients with medication worked and it seemed very flawed. A lot of things were relied on people, and when people do a repetitive task multiple times a day, they can make mistakes.
When I heard about dimentia hacks I decided that it would be an amazing oppurtunity to create something which might help with the issue of getting the right medication to the right person on time. I recruited some of my friends to help me up to the task.
We spent 2 days meeting together trying to figure out what kind of a product would make the entire process I had seen at the group home a whole lot simpler. This is how dispense-a-bot came to life.
The dispense-a-bot has multiple parts to it. The first is the hardware. The hardware is able to dispense a set amount of pills which is controlled by the server. It has 4 pill inputs which a pharmacist would use to refill the machine. There is also mobile device embedded in the hardware which acts as an interactive display to help with dispensing the medication.
Thee mobile solution works on the phone and tablet. It is used by a care-giver as it contains all of the patients that they are responsible for. In the application is a list of patients sorted by who would need their medication earliest, the types of medication they would need, and a picture of them. The phone automatically notifies the care-giver when it is time to give medication to a patient. With just a click of a button on the phone, the dispense-a-bot will automatically dispense the perscribed pills and doses. In the case that there is an emergency, the care-giver can dispense medication outside of their prescribed times. If no phone is present, the same things can be accomplished on the dispense-a-bot’s displ.
The third part is the website. The doctor or pharmacist can use the website to change the perscription of any patient. This information is uploaded in real time to the dispense-a-bot so that the perscription is never wrong!