This is Eran Shavelsky, CEO of MedMinder, holding his company's product. I think it is really interesting and wanted to share it with you. It is billed as an "intelligent pillbox system" and is designed to help patients be more likely to take their medications as prescribed. Scott Kirsner at the Boston Globe wrote about this last summer.
Then pillbox has an embedded cellular phone that can send reminders by phone call, text message, or email. It also has lights that blink and sound alerts that beep. You can program it to send reminders in any or all of these formats -- but not just to the patient. The reminders can also go to a trusted family member and/or the provider. These can be easily programmed on the company website. You load up a month's worth of medications, and on you go. Or, if you forget to load up the medicines, you can have an alert about that.
As an example, here's the simulated email it sent me:
This is an alert from MedMinder. You are receiving this alert because you are listed in the system as a patient or caregiver who should be notified of this event. The system reported the following event on 1/27/2010 12:17:45 PM (EST):
Reminder: The patient has not yet removed the Wednesday Noon medication cup.
Eran and his folks are in the midst of trials with physicians and patients with hypertension and also post-surgical patients who need protracted doses of medication. They are looking for other interested provider groups.