The doctor can see you now, and literally see your whole body from the comfort of his smart-phone. The smart pill system; a new form of medical technology, allows a sensor to be ingested into your body, sending signals to your doctor’s smart-phone, informing them of your daily health patterns and any concerns that may arise.
The biotech firm, Proteus Digital Health, has created a sensor to track the medication patients consume. Here’s how it works: Proteus’s smart pill system consists of a pinhead-sized sensor embedded in a pill, and a battery-powered patch that monitors various health indicators, such as sleep, activity, respiration, and heart rate. Once it has been swallowed, the device transmits a signal to the patch, indicating the time of ingestion and type of pill swallowed. The patch periodically sends all of its data to a designated smart-phone.
This new medical device has been FDA approved in 2012 for Proteus, just as a sensor pill to take alongside other medication. Their goal is to eventually partner with larger medical companies to develop a pill that signals warning signs for the doctor when their patient is not doing well.