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Pillsy is the latest smart pill bottle trying to solve a massive healthcare problem

A wave of connected products aims to help patients take their medicine
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Pillsy aims to be like a "personal trainer" for taking medication.

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It’s a big deal when people don’t take the medications prescribed to them. In fact, studies estimate that patients failing to pop their pills—a problem known as non-adherence or noncompliance— costs the American health care system as much as $289 billion each year, and leads to roughly 10 percent of hospitilizations.

“Without exaggerating, a lot of people think of this as a major public health problem,” says Niteesh Choudhry, a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School who studies the issue. A common reason that comes up from patients about why they didn’t adhere to their meds, according to Choudhry? Forgetfulness

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