Patent Number: 6,294,999

Title: Systems and methods for monitoring patient compliance with medication regimens

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for facilitating effective self-management of medication treatment by patients. A Smart Tray monitors and reports to third parties a patient's compliance with various medication treatment regimens. Medication containers are provided with electromagnetic tags that provide various information about medicament contained within a respective container. A Smart Tray is equipped with a processor and reader that interrogates each respective electromagnetic tag to identify medicament(s) contained within each container. Using the retrieved information, a Smart Tray provides visual and/or audio signals to a patient to remind the patient when and how much of various medicaments to take. A Smart Tray also monitors, via the reader, when a medication container is removed. A Smart Tray can communicate with one or more third parties, such as healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other suppliers of healthcare products and services via a computer network. In addition, a Smart Tray can communicate with various appliances and can modify medication regimens for particular medicaments in response to data received from various appliances.

Inventors: Yarin; Paul (Cambridge, MA), Fletcher; Richard (Cambridge, MA), DiPisa; Joseph (Wyckoff, NJ), Vonk; Glenn Philander (Fuquay-Varina, NC)

Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company

International Classification: A61J 7/00 (20060101); A61J 7/04 (20060101); G06F 19/00 (20060101); G08B 023/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018