A Digital Pill Tells Drs and Family If You Took Your Medication

Courtesy of The New York Times

The day I have been predicting for years has finally arrived. It’s 11:00pm on Monday night and I just received an alert that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill that will tell doctors and loved ones if you took your medication.

OMG, I can hear a few of your groans already. You don’t want Big Brother to watch over you. I agree, but for many people who forget to take their medication, this may be a godsend

Those who agree to take the digital medication, will have to sign consent forms that give permission to a doctor and four others to see when pills get ingested.

Of course, an app is required.  I like the fact that the pill taker can block recipients at a moment’s notice. All they have to do is turn off their notification. When you think about it, the whole purpose could be null and void if someone cuts you off.

I know a number of people who would benefit from someone monitoring their medication intake. I’m not sure they would ever agree to be watched. They are stubborn and proud. They want to preserve their independence. 

I do feel that the digital pill will be commonplace a few years from now. People will just have to get used to it. 

There is so much more to the announcement. 

Click here to read the story in The New York Times.

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This Is Dr. X, You’re Having An Emergency

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There will be a day in the not-too-distant future that your doctor will call you to let you know that you are not feeling well. Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, mentioned this possibility last week at the 92nd Street Y, when he was telling the audience all of the things Google was working on.

He didn’t say this was going to be a Google-only project, but he did indicate that his company was researching the sensor part of it. Schmidt said that we will all be taking digital pills with indicators and markers. The pill sensors will be monitored by your doctor on an automated alarm system.

If your blood pressure goes up, one beep. If your sugar levels are rising, two beeps. If you’re having a heart attack, three beeps. If your private parts are not working, the doctor sends life support.

All kidding aside, Schmidt said the medical industry is aware of this progress and is anxious for it to happen. “They want more control over their patients. Millions of lives will be saved because early warning signs will help them make better judgement calls. They can act faster and more timely.”

While a lot of what Schmidt had to say seemed like science fiction, I believed every word if it. Just when I thought I’ve heard it all, he told us other mind-blowing stuff that was also reported in the NY Times.

Click here to read it.

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