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A pill that polices patients

Wireless technology is increasingly becoming a popular solution to streamline health-care practices, but one company is taking the integration of wireless services a step further.

Swiss pharmaceuticals group Novartis is working with Redwood City-based Proteus on a project that would embed tiny microchips into pills to track whether or not patients follow doctors’ orders. Forget to take a pill and the chip signals a sensor that, in turn, sends the patient a text message reminder to take his or her pill.

The Financial Times reports that:

The experiment comes amid rising concern among governments and health insurers that they are not seeing the health improvements claimed by drugs companies because patients do not take the medicines as prescribed unless they are closely supervised in clinical trials.

Via Medgadget

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