spencer™ Medication Dispenser

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What is spencer?

spencer is an at-home medication tool designed to help individuals taking multiple medications manage their adherence schedule. By providing a complete cloud-based circle of care that includes the patient, the caregiver, and the spencer-certified pharmacist, lines of communication and compliance are always open.

Why You Might Need spencer

For anyone taking as many as five or six medications a day, managing doses can be extremely difficult. When taken correctly, medications can contribute to improved health, wellness, and daily functioning. But when taken incorrectly, they can lead to extreme side effects.  A reported 1.3 million Americans are hospitalized each year from errors in taking pills, and 125,000 people die each year from missed or incorrect doses.

How spencer Works

spencer is prefilled by a certified pharmacist and dispenses the appropriate number of pills at specified times, eliminating the need for pill counting or sorting. It provides reminders, alerts, and support messages to the patient, and it shows pictures of the dispensed medications to ward off possible confusion.

If the patient misses a dose, spencer alerts the caregiver and pharmacist via text, email, or mobile app, and follow-ups can be handled on an as-needed basis. The device can also dispense medications in advance for times the patient will be away for an extended period. Prescriptions are automatically refilled by a pick up and delivery service.

Lastly, spencer collects patient feedback and biometric data like blood pressure and blood sugar through Bluetooth-enabled technology so that any issues can be managed proactively.

The Benefits of spencer

As an integrated technology, spencer is multifaceted in its benefits. For patients, the device promotes independence and healthy living by making medication management simpler; for caregivers, it provides ease of mind; for pharmacists and doctors, it allows an in-depth look into the patient’s health and wellness as well as the success of the treatment plan.

Expert opinion of spencer Medication Dispenser from Dr. Charles Crump in chattanooga