Medication Management Device Employs Telit Connectivity

November 21, 2013. Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, and Vaica, an Israel-based provider of cloud-based medication compliance and telehealth solutions, today announced that Vaica’s flagship product, SimpleMed+, will employ Telit’s GC864-QUAD V2 module for mobile connectivity.

Targeted at hospitals, health management and delivery organizations, senior living facilities, and other care organizations, SimpleMed+ addresses a need these organizations have of lowering the high hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs attributed to medication noncompliance. The product will start selling initially in the U.S., 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 programs 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 850/900/1,800/1,900-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 30 x 36.2-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.

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