A company called PharmAssistant created a smart connected pill dispenser to help chronic patients manage their diseases. After participating in Bayer's accelerator Grants4Apps, it changed the name to Line Health and is now heading to the US, with the first pilot starting early next year with a major hospital, part of the largest American network of private hospitals.
The pilot's goal is to reduce 30-days readmissions for patients who had a stroke or T.I.A., so they can better manage their discharge instructions, like taking preventive medication or tracking their vital signs.
"To increase the patient engagement is to put the patient in the center," said Diogo Ortega, Line Health's co-founder and CEO. "In order to do so, the providers are now investing in empowering patients with tools so that they can better follow their doctor's prescriptions: such as taking medication, tracking their blood pressure or even taking a walk everyday", adds Diogo Ortega.
Line Health partnered with the University of Texas, through the UTEN program, to prepare the go-to-market strategy in the USA.Line Health partnered with the University of Texas, through the UTEN program, to prepare the go-to-market strategy in the USA that would include offering the smart medication dispenser to providers, like hospitals and ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations).
Line Health's patented smart dispenser helps sorting and organizing medicines, alerts when it's time to take them, and informs family members and caregivers when there's a missed dosage. Both the smart device and the companion app can work bundled or independently. The solution is HIPAA compliant, and can enter the market with no need for previous approval from the FDA or EMA.
Line Health is now opening the beta testing to anyone that wants to participate in the further development of the solution.