The Inspiration for Hourbands

Today in the office, I spoke with Hourbands’ CEO and Founder, Porter O’Doherty about his inspiration to invent Hourbands™. O’Doherty is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience of starting and running businesses.

He said: “I invented Hourbands™ out of necessity. All too often my wife was forgetting if she took her thyroid pill or not. The hardest part about this medication is that it must be taken without food or water for 30 minutes so it’s often taken immediately after waking up (which makes it easy to forget).”

His inspiration stemmed out of concern for his wife, realizing if she was forgetting her medication, there must be more people out there with the same challenges!

You might ask, what’s the big deal with missing a dose?

Brian Bieller, B.S., senior healthcare professional with over 20 years of experience, (dealing specifically with epilepsy) states: “a consistent blood level from the body allows the medication to reach its desired effect.” This desired target can be difficult to achieve when missing a dose. Therefore, when taking medication, it is important to take the right dose at the appropriate time for a better outcome of health.

Hourbands was founded with the intentions of helping individuals manage their medications and give them an easy way to ensure better health outcomes and improved quality of life.

O’Doherty’s wife has been using Hourbands™ for over a year and has not forgotten a pill!


Chronic diseases are becoming too common at an alarming rate in the United States. Hourbands is a solution to managing this problem by simply showing patients when to take their daily or hourly prescribed medication.

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, and diabetes are the leading cause of death in the United States. According to Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, “133 million Americans, 45% of the population have at least one chronic disease.” This statistic is eye-opening especially since chronic diseases are responsible for many deaths in the United States.

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease found that “seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S., killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year” is in the hands of chronic diseases. This is a serious problem for the United States.

This graph shows the increase of chronic diseases in people. Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease states that “chronic diseases can be disabling and reduce a person’s quality of life, especially if left undiagnosed or untreated.” The consequences of not treating a chronic disease a person has will affect their quality of life and can lead to death. In many cases, symptoms of chronic diseases can be managed with prescribed medication. However, missing a pill or more can negatively affect the outcome of the person’s health.

The result of missing one pill or more can negatively affect the outcome of the person’s health. Therefore, we invented a simple medication reminder called Hourbands to reduce medication nonadherence and to positively improve the quality of life of those who are diagnosed with a chronic disease.


            Wu, S. Y., and Anthony Green. “The Growing Crisis of Chronic Disease in the United States.” RAND Corporation (2000).