Category Archives: Medicine Compliance

Chronic Illness Landscape

With all the money spent (about 7 trillion USD) on healthcare worldwide, the premature death share due to chronic illness out of total deaths has increased from 50% to 60% and is projected to become 70% by year 2020.

While developed world is spending 80% of their healthcare budget of 5 trillion dollars on 65 years plus aged population trying to deal with chronic illness, developing countries have 80% of the worlds’ chronic illness patients with not even 10% of global healthcare funds.

Type of chronic illness and the reason for chronic illness is different for the developed and developing world. Developed world has much lower premature death rate (0.3%) and most of the chronic illness are due to sedentary life style and processed food. Developing world is suffering due to poor living / working conditions, low nutrient diet and changing life style leading to very high premature death rate (0.5%).

It is clear that developed world has almost half of premature death rate as compared to developing countries despite much higher ageing population, sedentary life and high intake of processed food. Most of it was made possible with help of better medications to keep cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure levels in control.

While medicines are available in developed world at affordable prices now but patients are not getting cured as they are not able to identify the disease onset and also complete the prescriptions as advised by the doctors. Prescription adherence can help patients to get cured much faster at lower cost with minimal side effects.

Impact of prescription non adherence is most visible in Tuberculosis patients. 50% of TB patients become drug resistant due to prescription non adherence and 25% of them die as they are not able to complete the 2nd line of treatment due to severe side effects.

While medicines help to get the vitals in control, permanent cure for chronic illness lies in addressing the Root causes of chronic illness:

  • Poor diet (high sodium, sugar and fat, low micro nutrients)
  • Low physical activity
  • Poor living & working conditions (high pollution, high stress, low socialisation, lack of sleep)
  • High alcohol consumption and smoking

It is possible to stay healthy at all times by following correct food, sleep and exercise pattern but, in the event of any chronic illness it is good to complete recommended prescription immediately to get cured fast.

With delayed or wrong treatment, getting cured will take much longer, cost many times, lead to much more pain and eventually premature death.

Our IoT and AI driven health monitoring system helps to detect disease onset at early stage and prescription compliance solutions help patients get cured with first line medications much faster at lower cost with minimal side effects.

eHealth Platform Development at IoT Lab

profileQ – AI & ML enabled eHealth Platform for Prescription Compliance

profileQ analytics Team

profileQ analytics Team

Team at CoE IoT Lab at NASSCOM , Bangalore, INDIA. Developing affordable AI and ML enabled Wearable treatment monitoring platform captures side effects, prescription compliance and can be used by illiterate and aged chronic illness Patients. It helps everyone get cured faster at fraction of current cost by completing first line medication.

Development Team

profileQ Team
MediBand helps to manage prescription non-adherenece

Mediband helps to manage Prescription Non-adherence

MediBand Prescription Adherence

MediBand Prescription Adherence

50% of prescriptions dispensed are not taken correctly. 30% of hospital admissions above 65 age are due to prescription non-compliance or non-adherence

Critical Illness Patients in India: 50m and Worldwide: 150m, Patients with 65+ Age. Prescription non-adherence impact is upto USD 500 Billion. With high healthcare awareness target market is growing at 15%

High Risk Conditions – treatment adherence in Pregnancy Iron-Folic Acid supplementation, Asthma Maintenance Therapy, etc where non-adherence have high impact on health outcomes

Complex Drug Regimens – compliance ease for patients who are taking multiple pills everyday e.g. TB & HIV co-infection, Cancer Chemo-prophylaxis, Co-morbid diseases like Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension, etc.)

Hospital Inpatients – Nurses using the MediBand to prevent medication errors and reduce work burden of manually writing drug charts.

Long Preventive Treatments – Assists Doctors in Dose optimization and Drug Selection based on adherence data insights in long term conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension and Obesity.

Our product MediBand will help patients in rural India to take right medicine at right time without remembering the prescription schedule. Product will warn if patient picks up wrong medicine. Also, patient is able to report positive and negative treatment progress. This will bring down the overall healthcare cost for poor people worldwide. It is a unique combination of low cost IoT, Mobile App technology and addresses the needs of patients and medical professionals.