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Chip and pill: The hi-tech tablet that will text when it's time to take another dose
08-14-2010, 02:35 PM,
Chip and pill: The hi-tech tablet that will text when it's time to take another dose
Quote:A 'smart' pill that texts patients' mobile phones if they forget to take their medication is being tested in the UK.

Around 40 volunteers are being recruited by NHS doctors to take standard versions of their heart pill fitted with a microchip.

The chips in the pills send signals to a patch attached to the patient's shoulder when swallowed.

Technology in the patch monitors when the pills are swallowed and can send a text if the patient forgets to take medication.

The system, known as Raisin, also monitors heart rate, heart activity and how well the patient is sleeping - all of which may signal a deteriorating condition.

It costs a few pence per pill and was initially tested in the US, where it improved the rate patients consistently took their medication from 30 per cent to 80 per cent.

If successful, the four-month trial being run by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Imperial College London and the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, could lead to a year-long NHS trial.

Professor Nicholas Peters, professor of cardiology at Imperial College Healthcare, said the main aim was encourage heart patients to stick to taking their pills.

With a stricter medication regime, it is hoped their health will improve and they will be less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency.

In the trial, the patches will allow doctors to check whether patients have taken their pills, track the heart rate and determine whether they are frequently sitting up at night.

This can signal fluid on the lungs which means the dosage needs adjusting.

Professor Peters said: 'The concept behind the technology is that the information belongs to the patient, who will be able to see the benefits of their medication in a number of measures.

'It will encourage patients to take responsibility for their own health.

'Heart failure is a condition where if the patient doesn't remain stable it can lead to a cascade of problems that result in emergency admissions into hospital.

'This is the kind of innovation that should help contain these costs.

'The hope is that after testing it can be appraised by the NHS and adopted for widespread use at an early stage.'

The chips developed by Proteus Biomedical, a California-based company, are tiny, digestible sensors made from food ingredients which are activated by stomach fluids after swallowing.

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.

The system yesterday received the European Union's CE mark, certifying that it meets consumer and health requirements.

It 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.

Dr Charlie McKenna, of the Royal Berkshire, said 'I think it's very exciitng. This approach has large potential to help with compliance.'
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08-15-2010, 02:40 AM,
RE: Chip and pill: The hi-tech tablet that will text when it's time to take another dose
This was cleared with the signing of the Obamacare bill HR 3200 which slipped in permission for data collection and sharing in combination with surveillance.

Health Bills Authorize Plan to Collect Data from Chip Implants

I might have posted this before, but here's an article from last October. Be sure to keep a cup of bile on hand.

First they'll attempt this on the our elders, the military and the incarcerated at mental institutions and prisons.

Quote:Big Brother in a Little Pill
Linda von Wartburg
Oct 3, 2009

"Poor medication adherence," the latest euphemism to replace the much-disliked "poor compliance," is a hot topic these days. According to the New England Health Institute, a third to a half of American patients don't take their medi­cations as prescribed. And people with chronic conditions, including diabetes, are reportedly the worst when it comes to medication adherence and "persistence" (the length of time they continue to take a prescribed drug).

Because three-quarters of the U.S. healthcare budget goes to treat chronic disease, poor medication adherence is getting a lot of scrutiny from budget watchers. Drug-related morbidity, which includes the consequences of poor adherence, costs about $290 billion annually, 13 percent of total healthcare expenditures. Diabetes patients with poor adherence, for example, are twice as expensive to care for as those with good adherence: $16,498 versus $8,886 every year. And it's not just about money: A study of diabetes and heart disease patients revealed that those who did not adhere to their medications died at nearly twice the rate of those who took their medications as prescribed.

These statistics are fueling big interest in technology that can get people to take their medicine. One company, called Proteus, has come up with a kind of internal spyware: a little digestible chip that's embedded in prescription pills. After you swallow the pill and it reaches your stomach, the chip is activated by stomach fluids. From there, inside your stomach, it sends a signal to a microelectronic receiver on your shoulder, either in a small skin patch or inserted under the skin. The receiver records the date, time, type of drug, dose, and even the place of manufacture. It also measures and reports your heart rate and respiratory rate. Then the receiver wirelessly relays that information to doctors. By checking the logs from the receiver, doctors can tell whether you are actually taking the medication as often as you are supposed to. They can also monitor your vital signs, such as heart rate, before, during, and after taking the medication, allowing them to understand how you are responding to the medication.

Joe Jimenez, head of pharmaceuticals at Novartis (which is partnering with Proteus), told the Financial Times that after the smart pills, called "Raisins," were used to deliver a blood pressure medication to 20 patients, their "compliance" rose from 30 per cent to 80 per cent after six months. "This industry is starting to explode," he said. In fact, he noted that he may designate a "compliance tsar" to oversee the various Novartis partnerships and programs to "strengthen appropriate use of medicines."

Quote:the sensor sends a low-power digital signal through the body
Anyone have the specs on one of these chips? I'd be curious if they are already pushing the threshold to control human emotion on this inaugural version.
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