Smart pills to track health statistics, send info automatically

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The FDA has just approved of a pill with ingestible sensors that can send health statistics directly to your smartphone.

The pill contains a small ingestible sensor to record the intended data.

Often we discuss that the computer has deeply embedded itself in our daily lives. How deep? Well, computers will clad themselves so closely in our lives that you will find it hard to swallow it, literally.

The FDA has approved of next-generation smart pills that will track the vital health statistics of the patient and send it directly to the user or the doctor. Known by the name of Abilify MyCite, the drug is an antipsychotic intended to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The pill contains a small ingestible sensor to record the intended data. When the data is required by medics or healthcare experts, the patient would need to wear a smart patch, which would, in turn, transmit data to a phone or computer. No injections, no side-effect inducing drugs.

Usage scenarios? Apart from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder patients, this pill can also be used by elderly people depending highly on medicines. Once the technology is generalised, then this could be used for every human being to monitor health statistics of various kinds and thus eliminate the need to visit hospitals for minor check-ups.

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