Smart medication dispenser: Design, architecture and implementation

Pei Hsuan Tsai, Tsung Yen Chen, Chi Ren Yu, Chi Sheng Shih, Jane W.S. Liu

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This paper presents the architecture and implementation of an automatic medication dispenser for users who take medications without close professional supervision. By relieving the user from the error-prone tasks of interpreting medication directions and administrating medications accordingly, the device can improve the rigor in compliance and prevent serious medication errors. By taking advantage of scheduling flexibility provided by medication directions, the device makes the user’s medication schedule easy to adhere and tolerant to tardiness whenever possible. The medication scheduler and dispenser controller do this work collaboratively in an action-oriented manner. An advantage of this design is that new functions can be added and existing ones removed or revised with little or no need to modify the dispenser control structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5585838
Pages (from-to)99-110
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Systems Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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