An electronic pillbox for continuous monitoring of medication adherence

Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2006:2006:6400-3. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2006.260367.


We have developed an instrumented pillbox, called a MedTracker, which allows monitoring of medication adherence on a continuous basis. This device improves on existing systems by providing mobility, frequent and automatic data collection, more detailed information about non-adherence and medication errors, and the familiar interface of a 7-day drug store pillbox. We report on the design of the MedTracker, and on the results of a field trial in 39 homes to evaluate the device.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ascorbic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Drug Monitoring / instrumentation*
  • Drug Monitoring / methods
  • Electronics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microcomputers
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Self Administration
  • Tablets / administration & dosage


  • Tablets
  • Ascorbic Acid