Feature Writer John Christie – ScripTalk Makes Prescriptions Accessible to the Blind

En-Vision America now has a device which makes reading prescriptions accessible to the blind and visually impaired. The device is called ScripTalk Station. ScripTalk Station uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) and text-to-speech (TTS) to read the prescriptions.

The best part about this device is that eligible individuals may receive a free ScripTalk Station patient reader through the Pharmacy Freedom Program. Pharmacies that participate in the program attach a small RFID label that contains the prescription information on a small computer chip. The ScripTalk Station then interfaces with the RFID label as the bottle is placed on top of it and reads the prescription information aloud to the individual.  This includes the drug name, all dosing instructions, side effects, warnings, and the doctor and pharmacy’s contact information.

The ScripTalk Station is a great product for any blind person who is on medication. By relying on RFID technology, they are now able to help prevent accidents involving people taking the wrong medications or taking too much.  Many Americans suffer from prescription drug-related injuries every year.  With devices like this, those types of accidents could be significantly reduced in the blind community.

Beyond that, though, this is yet another device that has been developed to increase the amount of independence a person has.  For some people, the only way they’re able to reliably obtain the information on their medications is for someone else to read for them.  Since medications can sometimes be a touchy subject, this process can be embarrassing.  With ScripTalk, a user can even use headphones if they need to identify their medications in places where they’d like to maintain their privacy.   

To obtain a free ScripTalk reader, contact Anna McClure at En-Vision America

1845 Hovey Ave.

Normal, IL 61761

(800) 890-1180

frontdesk@envisionamerica.com

When you contact them, be sure to provide pharmacy details as well to see if there are participating locations in your area.

For more information about the program and the device, go to http://www.envisionamerica.com/products/scriptalk/scriptalk-station-for-patients/

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