NelumBox - Home storage on the example of patient-centric Clinical Trials

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The Challenge


CRO's are facing the challenge of improving the patient-centricity of their clinical trials on a broader spectrum. A significant decrease in acquisition rates, followed by decreasing retention rates during trials is the present of the studies. To compensate and improve the decrease in numbers, the shift tends towards more patient-centered home-based clinical trials.

The clinical research organizations quickly still learn about the existing approach towards home-based clinical trials and the challenges of the specialty courier meeting at the patient’s home at the same time as the nurse or doctor does. Furthermore, the knowledge about the potential dangers of storing medication at the patient’s fridge is important to note, such as different temperature zones, changing temperature and conditions, as well as access to the medicines by other family members like children.

The Tec4med Solution


Tec4med recommends using the NelumBox as a portable fridge for nurses to carry the medication to the patient. The CRO's can even decide to store the drug at the patient’s home. The integration of the NelumBox lock and the real-time monitoring device can minimize risks and even keeping the medication at the right temperature even in case of a power failure thanks to the batteries is possible.

By storing medication in the NelumBox at the patient’s home, CRO's can reduce the number of deliveries by a specialty courier to once a month instead of for example 3 times a week. As a result of this, the IMP is stored securely throughout the month locked and monitored through Tec4Cloud. To administer the medicine, the nurse unlocks NelumBox with her personalized access card.

Thanks to the medication storage at the patient’s home, not only the nurses improve their flexibility, but also the patient. Reducing the number of shipments, the patient gets rid of a tight schedule where the medication is delivered a few times a week

We believe, that the amount of coordination effort can be decreased successfully, implementing a safe and secure direct-to-patient model.



In the future, more and more smart injectables will find their use in clinical trials. NelumBox is ready for that change today. To additionally increase the patient’s freedom throughout the participation in a clinical trial, patients can administer medicine on their own, tracking the adherence fully transparent through smart wearables und other monitoring services that are connected to a secure database. Not only NelumBox is capable of providing such services. SmartHub also functions as a gateway in a similar way.



Discover innovative and revolutionary ways of providing the best quality of patient-centered services, improving the quality, while at the same time cutting costs, and adding additional value.

  • Increase flexibility
  • Decrease bureaucracy
  • Improve the quality of your service
  • Digitalize & automize processes
  • Significantly cut costs