Chip and pill: The hi-tech tablet that will text you when it’s time to take another dose (www.dailymail.co.uk, 14 August 2010)
“The chips in the pills send signals to a patch attached to the patient’s shoulder when swallowed…
“The system, known as Raisin, also monitors heart rate, heart activity and how well the patient is sleeping …
“Once activated, the sensor sends a low-power digital signal through the body to a receiver that is either an patch or tiny device inserted under the skin. This decodes and records the information….
“[EU certification] paves the way for the system to be combined with a range of medicines, and clinical trials have begun in the US with drugs for diabetes, organ transplants, mental health and tuberculosis…” [covers everyone]
They are concerned about containing costs for health care systems which are not under our control, so I doubt this type of technology will be left under the patient’s control.
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