Digital pill warns general practitioners if patients forget their medication

_69183271_jar624In collaboration with Proteus Digital Health, scientists have developed a digital tracker that warns general practitioners if patients have forgotten to take their pills. The tracker is processed into the patient’s regular medication. Since the sensor is the size of a grain of sand, the patient won’t notice anything.

When the pill comes in contact with gastric acid, the tracker creates an electronic circuit and subsequently sends a message to the corresponding app. This app can in turn send a tweet or text message to the general practitioner or nurse. This provides immediate insight into which pills have been taken at which point in the day, and which pills were forgotten. Perhaps more importantly, it allows general practitioners and the care staff to study the effects of medication.

It is expected that this technology will become available to drug manufacturers within the space of three years.