Our Blog

Please explore some of our articles about aging, seniors, technology, medical devices, prescriptions, successes and failures of our healthcare system. Some articles and commentaries are written by Terry Fagen, others by our dedicated employees and support staff. The common theme throughout is our passion to improve healthcare for all in this digital health era.

Caregivers Need Care Too

Caregivers don't get nearly enough credit for the work they do. They handle household chores, prepare meals, manage medications, wash, clean and entertain patients, speak to doctors and nurses on behalf of those that they care for and communicate the results to other...

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Avoiding Problematic Polypharmacy in Seniors

Polypharmacy is the concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient. It is not a condition, it is simply a statement of fact. While the number of medications qualified as polypharmacy is not clearly defined, technically it is > 1, it is generally agreed that...

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Why AI Needs a Good Pill Dispenser

Artificial Intelligence is the latest technology growth field with smart centers popping up throughout North America. For example, in Montreal where we are located, local AI start-ups are being purchased for $100 Million from the likes of Microsoft. Next, Google is...

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Doing Something About Prescription (Opioid) Drug Abuse

Taken properly, prescription drugs, such as opioids, stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizers, can be effective in helping people manage pain and other ailments. However, they can cause more harm than good when misused and abused. This is an unfortunate fact that's...

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Do you need an assistive device?

The needs of our rapidly aging population exceed the available solutions. Whether it’s housing, healthcare, bathing or mobility assistance, the demand outstrips the supply. The cost to provide these services keeps growing; the resources available keep shrinking. The...

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Medipense Exhibits at CES 2018

Jan 9th-12th, 2018. What an amazing week at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. We exhibited in Eureka Park, Health and Biotech area, reserved for new start-up and innovations. The week started off a little stressful with the FDA holding up the RxPense. We shipped the week...

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Mental Health, Seniors and Medication Adherence

Senior citizens that are alone or losing autonomy are at a higher risk of having a mental illness(1). While not all mental illnesses are debilitating, the propensity to suffer from mental illness increases with lack of treatment. This brief article presents some...

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HIPAA vs PIPEDA, Mandatory Protection

HIPAA (USA) and PIPEDA (Canada) are enacted rules, regulations and legislation that govern the privacy of our data. In a world evolved with terabytes of data generated daily, we need protection particularly from security breaches of hackers who can not only alter our...

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Top 10 Reasons Seniors Do Not Take Their Medications

Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our society, the largest consumers of health care dollars, resources, and medications. Yet, over 55% of them do not properly take their medications. Studies indicate up to 30% of all hospital readmissions are due to...

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A Better Way to Dispense Medications

We are on the verge of a pharmaceutical dispensing shift which will ultimately save lives, reduce hospital re-admissions and save patients, payors and insurance companies a lot of money. Pill dispensing with medications organized, sealed and secured by a pharmacist,...

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Medication Color Matters When It Comes to Adherence

Pills are available in all shapes, sizes and colors. But why? I began to wonder after a lunchtime conversation with a local Canadian pharmacist. He was about to appear on a television show to discuss the efficacy of drugs and how they are affected by color....

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Intelligent Medicine for Real (Senior) People

Q: "Watson, what is the best treatment for my cancer patient?" A: "Hold on (3 seconds elapse), sorry for the wait. I reviewed his entire medical history, analysed all the lab tests, x-rays and MRI, reviewed your medical notes and cross referenced all this data with...

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The Importance of Net Neutrality for Medical Devices

Connected medical devices (the internet of medical things – IoMT) provide enhanced monitoring and control to those who need it. Patients use these devices to track their progress, to help them better manage their condition and their daily living activities. The...

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Will Canada Be Able to Care for Its Aging Population?

Canada now[1] has more people aged 65 and older than it does people aged 15 and younger. By 2050, it's expected that one in four Canadians will be senior citizens. There's obviously a demographic shift underway in the country and many are concerned that it will...

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Revolutionizing Veterans Affairs with Digital Health

We're living in a time of rapid change thrust forward by the abundance of information we have now access to. We wear computing power on our wrists that in the 19th (and much of the 20th) century we couldn't even conceive of. Day by day we are starting to live in a...

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The Uber Healthcare Model

How about applying the concept that Uber brought to the shared ride service, towards healthcare? Is it possible? Need a doctor, press a button. 24×7. A first responder comes online, listens to your problems, connects you with the right physician for immediate...

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Tricorders Are Here!

Fans of Star Trek don’t need to be told what a tricorder is, but those of you who aren’t Trekkies might need to have one explained to you. Basically, a tricorder is a hand-held device that has multiple uses. It can be used for sensor scanning, data analysis and...

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When Caregivers Aren’t Around To Provide Care

Caregivers don’t get nearly enough credit for the work they do. They can handle household chores, prepare meals, manage medications and even speak to doctors and nurses on behalf of those that they care for. In some cases they really take on a lot of responsibilities...

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A Child Experiences A Medication Error Every 8 Minutes

According to the National Poison Database System (US), a child is the victim of a medication error every 8 minutes - and these are not occurring in hospitals or pharmacies, but in their own homes. Sometimes it happens when parents, tired and frazzled from caring for a...

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Medicine 2.0: Digitizing the Doctor’s Office

Have you ever sat around waiting around for a doctor all day? Or wasted hours upon hours in the waiting room? All of that can end today, thanks to MDLIVE. MDLIVE is a digital doctor's office leading the way in the telehealth community. It's a service that allows...

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It Pays To Invest In Preventive Care

The costs associated with healthcare are still rising and this is causing a renewed interest in preventive care. Among those with the keenest interest in preventive care are start-ups and entrepreneurs. Many companies are now working on new technologies that will help...

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Drug Adherence Is Just As Important As Preventive Care

Chronic illness and the importance of preventive care was a topic of a previous article. With that having now been discussed, we can focus on something that's just as important – ensuring that those who are already suffering from chronic illnesses adhere to their...

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Staying Out Of the Hospital

Our healthcare system is sick. There's no denying it at this point. With ever-increasing challenges and fiscal pressure, there's a growing consensus that what needs to be done to fix things is focus on preventative health rather than primarily worrying about treating...

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Your Life Is In the Cloud

As far back as the '70s, people were predicting that we'd one day be working in paperless offices. I believed in it so much that one of my earliest business adventures established high volume document imaging and indexing for aerospace and media companies. While many...

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How Automation Is Helping with Health Care

Sophisticated machines are playing an ever-increasing role in healthcare and their use is helping to reduce human errors and keep people healthy. As you read this, there are incredible pieces of machinery being employed in pharmacies, hospitals and even in private...

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The Cost of Hospital Care

Does anyone know what it costs to treat a patient in a hospital? Evidently very few do, according to a recent article in the New York Times1. “Hospitals know what they are paid by insurers, but it bears little relationship to their costs.” Dr. Vivian Lee, CEO of...

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Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Automatic pill dispenser for Alzheimer's patients Help is on the way for patients who need help remembering, guidance while consuming and monitoring by loved ones. The RxPense pill dispenser was designed to be the most senior friendly, assistive device to help those...

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