Kali Care Case Study

Intelligent Data, Effective Medication

Non-adherence to medication is a growing issue in the United States and around the world. According to a study by Annals of Internal Medicine, 20-30% of prescriptions in the US are never filled, and approximately half of chronic disease medications are not taken as prescribed by the doctor. This is estimated to cause at least 10% of hospitalisations, and cost the American healthcare system almost $300 billion a year.

The problem is not just that patients do not benefit from the treatment they need, but that medication data becomes unreliable. Without knowing how medications perform, doctors cannot properly prescribe the correct treatment, and pharmaceutical companies cannot develop more effective drugs. Kali Care provides connected medication and advanced data analytics to the health ecosystem, giving more reliable information to healthcare professionals, and giving patients the means to manage their own medication.

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The application

Accelerating drug development

Using connected medication and the power of cloud computing, Kali’s solution serves every participant in the health ecosystem – transferring medication data in real-time from patients through to medical professionals, and providing valuable analytical insight to clinical technicians.

Patients receive reminders to take their medication, and can easily track their progress to encourage them to continue taking the full course of medication. This removes the problem of people forgetting to take their medication, and objectively measures patient behaviour, eliminating the inconsistencies of self-reporting that doctors are subject to.

This also eases the burden on caregivers, who can easily track and manage a patient’s progress, and allows them to be sure that the correct dose has been given. This is especially important with people who are not in charge of their own faculties, such as Alzheimer’s sufferers. Doctors also benefit from this transparency and can be entirely sure of the results of a treatment, allowing them to make more informed decisions for that patient and future cases, and share pertinent medication data with other healthcare providers to benefit the whole ecosystem.

For the clinical trials environment, the combination of this real-time data and cloud analytics is indispensable. Kali’s solutions automate the collection of medication adherence data, ensuring this data is accurate and does not arrive too late to aid pharmaceutical development. The Kali Care algorithms process medication adherence data in real-time to give the most reliable results possible, presenting advanced analytical information in an easily understandable format in minutes. It would normally take trial investigators months to access and view this data in a usable format, so Kali saves countless hours in clinical trials by giving researchers a deep insight into the trial patient population, therefore allowing them to develop the right drugs without bureaucratic delay.

The Requirement

Scalable Connectivity for Flawless Global Data Transmission

For an application that deals with millions of data points and catering to distinct users with different requirements, Kali Care needed a connectivity solution that would enable them to expand their business outside the US, without compromising the efficacy of their systems or the security of medication data.

To scale effectively, and ensure that their customers remain satisfied at every stage of contact with the platform, Kali Care needed an IoT connectivity provider with operator agreements around the world, and multiple failovers to ensure data would reach its destination intact. With globalisation pushing development in the healthcare sector further afield, and opening clinical trials up to a much wider and more diverse patient population, reliable, real-time data transmission is more important than ever.

PodM2M’s multi-network IoT SIM cards gave Kali Care the stable communications base they needed to grow their business, and the expert IoT support necessary for their venture outside of the home market. With over 600 networks in 185 countries around the world, Pod’s SIMs automatically connect to the strongest available signal on device start-up, and switch networks in case of outage for the best possible data continuity, vital for Kali’s mission-critical data transfer throughout the health ecosystem.

The solution

Global IoT Connectivity Provider with Mission- Critical Reliability

By using robust IoT SIM cards from PodM2M, Kali Care were able to expand their business into new regions around the world, safe in the knowledge that the real-time transmission of patient data and communication with the cloud would not be affected with the growth of the company. The company co-founder, Navid Afsarifard, said that Pod’s expertise in multi-network technology ‘has made it easy for us deploy our systems globally as we continue to lead remote monitoring in clinical trials,’ allowing Kali Care to bring their systems to entirely new areas, and enhance their cloud analytics capabilities in the process.

This easy expansion was critical for Kali Care, as their end-to-end system deals with a range of users that cannot accept errors, and that also need fast and consistent data transfer. As Navid continues, ‘Pod has been able to accommodate our needs in several remote locations where it was difficult to arrange for cellular data. This allows our fleet of devices to reliably communicate from wherever they are, with minimal effort on our end.’

This level of service can only come from experts in global connectivity, and with 20 years of experience connecting businesses from Tucson to Timbuktu, PodM2M give Kali the care and attention they need to bring their connected medication and in-depth analytics to the world.