Partnership: Cornell Tech
and Author by Humana
Personal Pharma helps the older generation take their medication correctly and on time to reduce possible errors or delays. It offers reminders, text-to-speech, two-step verifications, and translation in users’ preferred languages.
Aug – Dec 2021
Min Heong Hong (Designer)
Qualitative research—User Interview
· 18 interviewees: older adults (65+), geriatricians, and caregivers
Rising medication misuse in the United States
The usage and the number of medications taken in the United States have been increasing each yearbout 20-30% of people in the state misuse their medication every year, and this is sometimes fatal.
adverse drug events caused by error were related to patient use of medications in the home.
Americans experience medical errors of all kinds each year; 8th leading cause of death in the US.
of parents accurately recalled the instructions of the medication taken by their children.
people aged 12+ may misuse prescription psychotherapeutic drugs every year.
Older adults prefer TV and smartphones
Older adults mostly watch TV and use their smartphones instead of tablets; their technology skills vary. Some patients who are visually impaired or suffer from dementia need additional support with hands-free devices or voice assistants.