SMARThex Your health. On time.

SMARThex is an integrated pill dispenser and app system that addresses the medication non-adherence epidemic.

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May 16, 2002

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3640 Old Oakdale Rd, McDonald, PA 15057 (808) 825-1065

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Date You Started Your Project Started

December / 20 / 2018

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Everyone has made the simple mistake of forgetting to take their medication. For some, this blunder could be their last. Every hour, 14 lives are lost due to medication non-adherence. In fact, two out of every three people who take medication are not adhering to the regimen prescribed by their doctor, which affects around 82.1 million Americans today. We want to ensure that people are following their medication schedules to lead healthy lives.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We wanted to create a personal health device that could be easily used by people of all ages. Our solution is SMARThex, the Simple Medication Adherence Remembrance Tool, which ensures that everyone can take their medication on time, every time. It combats the epidemic by boosting adherence through a user-friendly automatic pill dispenser and app with a notification and alarm system. Our dispenser is a modular device that can hold up to six different types of medications. It has an embedded Bluetooth microcontroller to enable connection between the physical device and the app. Users can input their medication schedule into the app. At their set times, the four-layered reminder system (a push notification, alarm, text, and call) is triggered until the user verifies that they have taken the pill. Then, the dispenser will release the appropriate dosage. To confirm, the user needs to scan an NFC tag on top of the dispenser with their phone to record that they are taking their correct dosage at the appropriate time. This creates data of their medication adherence patterns that can be used by doctors or pharmacists for later analysis.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

We were motivated to combat the issue of medication non-adherence after learning about our friend Amara who suffers from hypothyroidism一a condition that slows down metabolic processes and lowers production of the thyroid hormone. If she forgets to take her medication on time, she suffers from symptoms, such as severe headaches and fainting. Too many occurrences can prove to be fatal. Currently, Amara’s mom reminds her to take her pills, but when she goes to college next year, she will not have anyone to remind her. Putting Amara’s situation in perspective, we realized that this issue affects a substantial amount of people on a global scale. We believe our product will help reduce the number of victims.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Our product is user-friendly, allowing our buyers to customize their own medication schedules to easily access their pills on time, every time. When a patient like Amara first used our product, she was prompted with a set of instructions on how to navigate the application. Her first objective was to upload her medication schedule into the app. She takes two different pills twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, so she input her dosage accordingly. She then switched her focus over to the physical device. Since she takes two medications, she only attached two of six possible modules, one for each pill. When it was time for her to take her medication, she got a notification on her phone. The medicine was finally dispensed when she used her phone to scan the NFC tag on the dispenser. Since she was punctual, the remaining alarm, texting, and calling layers were disabled.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

As a product intended to be put it in the homes of every non-adherent patient in America, SMARThex will retail for $179, a full $100 below one of our closest competitors and well below the average price of other medication management systems available online, ensuring that our product is as affordable as it is effective. Several of our competitors, such as PillDrill and MedMinder, seek to create effective medication management solutions, but SMARThex is the only one that combines, cross-platform cloud connectivity, portability, and affordability.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Our project has already made a substantial difference in the community. Our community partner, Amara, utilizes our product on a daily basis to help her take her medications on time. Additionally, we have communicated with a local pharmacy, ACORx, to help integrate our system with what their delivery service. We plan to also partner with several senior centers in the area to help provide the elderly with a sense of independence and control over their health. We would like to further make an impact by rolling it out to a larger audience of people. We need to begin communication with medical lawyers to attain the appropriate clearances on our device. Our ultimate goal is to make this product into a household name so everyone has access to our solution for the epidemic of medical adherence.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We have numerous aspirations when considering the future for SMARThex. Our next steps include creating a website to advertise our product, bringing our production costs down by mass producing the pill dispensers, and reducing the device’s footprint. Additionally, our app currently only works on Android devices, so we want to add iOS support to broaden our potential customer base. Our goal in the end is to bring our system out to market, potentially selling our device online and partnering with pharmaceutical or insurance companies, with an accessible price for a wide range of consumers.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Marketing Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others

Evaluation results

49 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 46.9%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 14.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 4.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 6.1%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 28.6%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 55.1%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 10.2%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 10.2%

1 - This entry is weak here - 24.5%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 44.9%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 12.2%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 6.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 12.2%

1 - This entry is weak here - 24.5%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 6.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 3.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 6.7%

1 - This entry is weak here - 50%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 51%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 14.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 4.1%

1 - This entry is weak here - 30.6%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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Great Job ! Congrats on all your hard work!
Good Luck

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Thank you very much!

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Dear dears !!
Awesome job - congrats ����������������
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Hv recently returned from India .... Hv been there fr 2 months to help my parents n in laws with their medical conditions ....

During this visit, wht I realized is that later in life elderly r more focused on their pills than food intake ....
This involves a number of stages -
(1) reminder that stock on some pills are getting over
(2) going to pharmacy to refill stock
(3) most important- opening the strips - comparing the medications with the prescription n dividing n sorting them into mornings- afternoons- evenings .... Furthermore sorting as - before food intake n after food intake ....
I’ve seen that this can be very stressful to the elderly ...

So connecting the SMARThex with the pharmacy and doctors office can be helpful fr them and sort out their stress as well ��������....
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I’m soo glad n proud of the SMARThex ....
It has got sooo much potential n scope ....
Hope you guys succeed on an international level ....
- Manisha ....

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Thank you very much for your story and feedback! Medications these days are very complex. We hope to simplify this process and ensure the best health for our users. Thanks again!

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Congrats team! Great work!

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Thanks!

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Awesome job!

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Thanks Julia! HB!

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Congratulations to entire team!!! Love the concept. Very useful for elderly and caretakers. Good luck to you all . Keep up the great work .

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Thank you very much!

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Hi Team,
Congrats! For me this a revolutionary idea. right now i am taking medicine - that has been customized in small packs with dates and along with medicines names in a small box(they called it's dispenser) with no smartness. sometime i forget to take the medicine, especially when i am travelling. So i truly believe this could be ideal solution to the people who forget. Elder people may forget and for them this could be real and needed solution. you can create some kind of rewards to encourage the user. Example if the user took all the medicine in a week, you can send some special message encouraging them, that they did a nice job. Kind of motivating people. If they are travelling you can alert them to take medicine before their travel etc. I would like to know more about your dispenser and it's functionalities.

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Thank you for the great feedback, story, and question! The dispenser is housed in a central unit. It is fixed with servos and microcontrollers to accurately dispense pills. This unit can be connected to any amount of hex's allowing an individual to add more pills. Furthermore, the microcontroller is connected through an application where medication schedules can be inserted.

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Congrats and Great job team.

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Thank you very much!

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Congrats to the team. Definitely something useful for current busy life.

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Thank you for your feedback. Would love to see how it can make people's lives easier.

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Congrats. Great work.keep it up. Simple and powerful and positive impact making. Wish you all the very best.

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Thanks!

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Wonderful initiative team. This is a much needed ,useful innovation that could potentially save lives .

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Thank you for your comment!

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Congratulations Team! Great team work!

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Thank you!

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Congratulations!! Awesome work.

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Thank you very much!

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Love the idea.Good luck team.

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Thank you!

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Amazing idea, positive move in the right direction .

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Thanks!

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Love the concept

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Thank you very much!

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Super job and good luck to the team

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Thanks!

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Nice concept and Great work, congrats to all

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Thank you!

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Awesome concept..Good luck to the entire team..

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Thank you!

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Great concept, would be usefull to elders and their caretakers ����

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Thank you for the comment and suggestion. One of our primary targets is elders as many do not take their medication on time. We will continue to analyze the different areas our device can target.

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Love the idea. ��

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Thank you very much!

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Great work

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Thanks!

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Great Idea! This is going to help lot of people across the world and save their lives.Congratulations guys!

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Thank you!

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Wow! This is a fantastic idea. I can't wait to see what the SMARThex team will do in the future. Great job!

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Thank you very much John!

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Love this idea. This could genuinely save lives. I'm super impressed that you have a working prototype that Amara uses. This could literally save her life. I'm excited to see where y'all take this. One question I have is how it stacks against the competitors you mentioned (ie. Pill Drill, etc). If they're more well-established, what makes your devices uniquely against there's? Keep up the great work.

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Thank you so much for your feedback! The features that distinguish our product from others are that our dispenser is portable and modular. The design of our device allows for users to add up to 6 medications. Additionally, researchers can use our product to track patient adherence.