At the start of use, the patient meets with a pharmacist who programs the device according to the patient’s prescriptions and lifestyle. This meeting strengthens the relationships between patient and pharmacist, who understands potential side effects and critical drug interactions. After that, refill pods are obtained at the pharmacy like any other prescription, and patients are given illustrated histories of how their medication adherence that month has affected their body metrics and overall health and wellness. The pods are inserted directly into the InPower device; the user does not have to count out and transfer pills by hand. No other product on the market offers this level of convenience and safety.
InPower is the first major consumer product for Cardinal Health, a global, integrated healthcare services and products company. Nottingham Spirk provided the expertise Cardinal Health needed to develop a consumer-oriented medical product, interviewing prescription drug users identifying pain points, and designing and engineering a device that would be easy to use, reliable and reasonably priced.
“We have several successful field tests and are seeking a partner for a national roll-out,” says Cardinal Health’s Brent Stutz, SVP Commercial Technologies. “Our deep experience in the healthcare ecosystem enables great understanding of policy, forms, and regulation, and leverages our distribution in 85 percent of U.S. hospitals and access to 20,000 health care providers and 24,000 pharmacists with 7,000 retail independents nearly every day. We are seeking a trusted consumer brand and ideally, an analytics partner.”