A new technology that is set to begin in the next 12 months will be able to track if you took your meds or not. Attached to a pill, a small microchip is activated when consumed sending a harmless signal to a patch located on the patent’s back or stomach. Time and date of consumption are captured as is heart and breathing rate, which are then subsequently transferred to a near by cell phone that uploads the information to a secure site for doctors or nurses to review. Not only can the technology be used to monitor the elderly or mentally sick who often are challenged with a pill regime, but the tech can be used to track a drug’s effectiveness and the patients well being during the time of prescription.
Developed by US-based Proteus Biomedical, the technology will go into trial in the UK in the next 12 months.