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Research Study Looks at Benefits of 3G Wireless Technology for Hypertensive Patients in Underserved Urban Communities

WASHINGTON Feb. 9, 2011 George Washington University One Economy George Washington University

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Each organization contributed their core competency to the study.  One Economy Corporation, a global non-profit organization that leverages 21st century technology to improve the lives of underserved communities, assisted in patient recruitment, study design, execution and project management; VOCEL, a mobile health care application developer, provided the FDA-cleared Pill Phone application; and Cricket Wireless, a national wireless operator, supplied 3G-enabled handsets and wireless connectivity over its 3G EV-DO network for all project participants, including patients, care-givers and research team members.

Each patient received a 3G wireless handset pre-loaded with the Pill Phone application.  The Pill Phone provides patients with visual and audible medication dosage reminders, tracking and storage of dosage records, image displays of prescription pills and access to real-time information about potential drug side effects and interactions.  Patients were trained to use the Pill Phone application and educated about hypertension and the importance of medication adherence.  Health care providers were able to use the application to remotely monitor patient adherence through a secure web site.

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Doug Hutcheson

The study found:

  • Patients had a high level of acceptance and sustained use of the Pill Phone application  
  • Participants were generally satisfied with the medication reminder software, and
  • There was a trend toward increased prescription refill rates with the use of the Pill Phone application and a decrease after the application was discontinued.

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