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UBox Electric Pillbox for TB
|Location||Africa, Asia, South America|
Problem being addressed
Multiple drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is an increasing problem. Drug resistance occurs as a result of the incomplete or incorrect use of antibiotics in the treatment of patients with tuberculosis. In order to increase compliance with tuberculosis drug regimens and improve outcomes in developing countries, the uBox Electronic Pillbox reminds patients when to take their medication and tracks their history for healthcare workers to evaluate at the conclusion of a treatment cycle.
Detailed description of the solution
The uBox is unique among uNotify devices because it enables patients to take medication themselves. It enables patients who are able to adhere to their regimen to do so on their own, without having to travel to their healthcare provider. The uBox is a palm-sized, intelligent pill dispenser, which reminds patients when it is time to take their medication and records when they do. It also tracks visits by program personnel and requires only monthly refilling.
- Design: A team of MIT researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Microsystems Technology Laboratories developed the uBox. The IDEAS and D-Lab teams at MIT are currently working on modifications. Manish Bhardwaj is the main contact for this project.
When and where it was tested/implemented
Health care workers successfully conducted user studies of the uBox in collaboration with the Prajnopaya Foundation in three districts in Bihar, India: Patna, Samastipur and Bihar Sharif. The uBox has mainly been implemented in Bihar.
Funding sources include the Prajnopaya Foundation, philanthropy and MIT. uBox has won several awards, including the Yunus Challenge to Alleviate Poverty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an Advanced Entrepreneurship grant from NCIIA/Lemelson Foundation, and the RGK Winner's Cup at the University of Austin.
Externally generated reports
Domino, A. uBox for Life: New Pillbox is Lifesaver. Retrieved 01 10, 2012, from Inventor Spot. Link available here.
MIT's Smart Pillbox Targets TB. Medical News Today. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2011 fom MediLexicon International. Link available here.
Piquepaille, R. (n.d.). A smart pillbox to educate people. Retrieved 03 13, 2011, from ZDNet. Link available here.