Machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions provider Telit Wireless Solutions is to supply its GC864-QUAD V2 M2M module to provide mobile connectivity for Vaica’s SimpleMed+ medication compliance device and service.
Vaica is an Israel-based provider of cloud-based medication compliance and telehealth solutions for chronic patients. Its SimpleMed+ device and the company’s cloud-based service portal aim to provide effective, easy-to-deploy-and-use solutions to curb healthcare spending treating chronic conditions believed to represent 90% of all healthcare costs.
Targeted at hospitals, health management and delivery organisations (HMOs, ACOs), –seniors living facilities, and other care organisations, SimpleMed+ addresses a real need these organisations have of lowering the high hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs attributed to medication non-compliance. The product will start selling initially in the United States, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia.
With government statistics showing that compliance with prescriptions by chronically-ill patients declines to 50% after six months; and to 33% in five years, the pharmaceutical industry is also looking for solutions like SimpleMed+.
And since the average chronic patient takes over five medications daily, -pharmacy chains in the U.S., Canada and the UK are now designing customer programmes to monitor and improve patients’ medication adherence, with the help of the device and its associated service, which have shown in clinical trials to improve medication compliance to 95% over extended periods of time.
The Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS GC864-QUAD V2 is designed for applications like SimpleMed+ needing a compact package and a board-to-board connector. The module also allows a SIM holder to be mounted on the back of the module and is used in the Vaica product. This option reduces footprint and integration costs.
The xC864 Unified Form Factor family includes GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSDPA and CDMA 1xRTT air interfaces in cellular modules featuring a common 30x36.2 mm footprint with the same 80-pin board-to-board connector. This allows developers and integrators to easily drop in different xC864 family modules supporting any of these major cellular technologies with little design and integration time and effort.