Vodafone Ireland has announced a global partnership with Irish digital therapeutics company, HealthBeacon, to provide IoT connectivity for the rollout of their smart sharps bins across several new countries in the coming year.
 
The HealthBeacon device is a smart sharps bin for patients who self-inject medications at home for conditions like arthritis and M.S. It is digitally connected and programmed with a patients’ personal medication schedule and uses customised reminders to help them stay on track with their medication.
 
HealthBeacon integrates Vodafone’s IoT connectivity and services to track and support medication adherence for both patients and their healthcare professionals. Already launched in over 10 countries, the connectivity provided by Vodafone drives the power behind the clinical insights that are derived from the data collected by the smart device.
 
Clinical studies have demonstrated that only 50-70% of patients adhere properly to prescribed drug therapy. Smart, connected devices, like HealthBeacon, have demonstrated an ability to drive double digit improvements in adherence.

Debbie Power, Vodafone Ireland, IoT Country Manager, said, “We are delighted to partner with HealthBeacon and expand our relationship 
as they enter new markets with their innovative, patient-focused solution. Through our global network, Vodafone enables IoT connectivity to their smart sharps bin, so medication tracking and adherence data can be captured and transferred securely between patients and their healthcare team. Healthcare is becoming completely connected and Vodafone’s IoT technology and innovation is key to providing better data to enable more informed care decisions. Remote patient monitoring is one element that empowers people to manage their conditions and helps them to live more independently. Our next generation network means we are at the forefront of ensuring healthcare is securely connected now and into the future”.

Kieran Daly, HealthBeacon CTO & co-founder, commented “As an innovative and high growth company it was important for us to find the best partner to help us scale globally. Vodafone was a natural fit to help us grow quickly as they offer worldwide connectivity on a unified platform. This enables HealthBeacon to streamline our expansion and launch new countries quickly. This global partnership will serve patients all over the world and ensure seamless connectivity for both our current and next generation devices.”

 

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