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System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered


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A wireless inhaler.

A new system developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers holds promise to detect and reduce errors when patients administer their own medications.

Credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system to detect and reduce errors when patients administer their own medication.

The solution combines wireless sensing with artificial intelligence (AI) to determine when a patient is using an insulin pen or inhaler, and cites potential errors in self-administration.

A sensor tracks the patient's movements within a 10-meter (32-feet) radius of the medical device via radio waves, then AI interprets the reflected waves for signs of the patient self-administering an inhaler or insulin pen; the final step is to alert the patient or healthcare provider when an error has been detected.

Said MIT’s Mingmin Zhao, “We can not only see how frequently the patient is using their device, but also assess their administration technique to see how well they’re doing.”

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