AiCure has raised $12.25 million for its novel medication adherence platform. The system uses facial recognition and motion-sensing software to observe patient behavior via smartphone. The patient is prompted to take medication and then does so while holding the smartphone so the camera can verify that action.

The technology relies upon the automation of directly observed therapy. It essentially replaces a human monitor who might watch a patient consume medication in order to confirm adherence. The system directly visualizes patient behavior and doesn’t require any human review.

Patients are first reminded via smartphone of an upcoming dose, then the patient holds the smartphone camera up to view the consumption of that medication.