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Device Reminds HIV Patients to Take Medications

Johns Hopkins University researchers tested an electronic device that reminds HIV
patients to take their medications. The Disease Management Assistance System (DMAS),
also known as “Jerry,” is pocket-sized, rechargeable and weighs about the same as a
cellular phone. An electronic voice and light indicator reminds patients of the exact
dosage and correct time to take their medicine. It also tracks the patient’s compliance so
that doctors can monitor adherence to treatment.

In a study lasting four months and involving 58 memory-impaired HIV patients,
individuals who used the device achieved a 77% adherence rate. In contrast, patients who
did not use DMAS reached a 57% rate of adherence. The study was published in the
September 15, 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases. 

“One of the biggest reasons HIV patients cite for not taking their medication is just plain
forgetfulness. We thought a verbal reminder would be the best possible solution,” said
Dr. Adriana Andrade, assistant professor in the infectious diseases division at Johns

Source: HealthScout, September 27, 2005


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