Medication reminder system helps patients get the right drugs at the right time

Lynne Adkins
December 05, 2018 - 4:00 am
Inspira LIFE participant Jacqueline Smith of Vineland has benefited from the MedaCube technology.

Inspira LIFE


VINELAND, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A countertop device is helping seniors keep all their medications straight. 

The MedaCube is a large black box that can be filled with 16 different prescriptions, which can then be delivered at the right time of day for three months. 

Dr. Ankur Patel, medical director of the Inspira LIFE program in Vineland, New Jersey, said at the scheduled time, the medication drops into a bin, and an alarm sounds notifying the patient it's time to pop some pills.

"What it does is when the patient's medication is dispensed in the MedaCube and if they do not take it within 60 minutes, an alert goes out and the alert can be sent out via text message, email or phone call," he explained. "They just have to press the button and the medication will come out."

Those alerts can be sent to a caregiver, nurse or family member who will remind the person to take his or her meds.