Popit is a Finnish startup that has developed a platform and sensing device. The company originally raised funds for the product in part via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Since then, the company has scaled it’s offerings significantly, partnering with pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer to improve patient adherence to their products. Popit was originally envisioned as a birth-control solution, but has since expanded to other medical areas.
How it works
The Popit sensor is a clip that attaches to a blister pack and links to a patient’s smartphone. When the patient expresses their pill from the pack, the sensor logs this information, keeping an electronic adherence record of pill-taking behavior. The platform provides reminders to patients if they miss a dose.
Fit for purpose
Barriers to entry10%
DS and DR-TB patients100%
- Product is designed to work seamlessly with TB-type blister medication packs
- Sensor has a long battery life
- Device is extremely small and light-weight, enables automatic reporting, and has a high level of accuracy (pill-in-hand)
- Smartphones are required to use the product
- Popit has not been used extensively in LMICs or for TB
- To use with MDR TB, multiple devices would likely need to be purchased and used simultaneously.