Home Pill Dispensing

A 7-month in-context study identifying how citizens on Bornholm might benefit from an automated in-home pill dispensing system.

As a progression from the work done around the Intelligent Pillbox, IdemoLab, DELTA worked with a number of partners on a LevVel project exploring the possibility of creating an all-in-one home pill dispensing solution.

Through several rounds of design research and evaluations with elderly people living on Bornholm, the concept was sketched and tested in the homes of the participants.

Electronic Sketch

The Electronic Sketch had to accommodate many parameters including:

  1. People taking more than 25 pills per day
  2. Pill reminders
  3. Independent delivery of medication (to fall within the Medical Device Directive)
  4. Considerations of pill delivery and set up by the visiting nurse
  5. Integration into people’s existing daily routines

To explore and fully understand the problem area, several rounds of workshops were conducted wherein we interviewed and explored with home nurses, the pharmacy, the municipality, elderly people who would use such a system, and the project partners.

The Electronic Sketches were built in two rounds, first, testing individual functionality of various parameters (reminders, additional non-pill medication), and second, evaluating the impact of the entire system in the homes and lives of the people who would be using it.

The project completed with a report outlining the activities and outcomes from evaluations, which can be read here.

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