Stephanie M. Lee
Suzanne Krieger wants her 90-year-old father to be healthy. But making sure he takes his pills three times a day can feel like a full-time job.
This summer, Krieger learned of a pill that can do the job for her.
When swallowed, the pill sets off a chain of reactions in the body that ultimately pings an app on her phone and iPad. A physician or caretaker looking at the app on a smartphone or tablet can see if the patient has taken the pill, a placebo, presumably along with other medications.
The scenario sounds straight out of science fiction. But it is a real and approved technology that may mark a significant shift in health care, where providers traditionally have few ways to monitor whether patients are taking their medicine. This medicine, in contrast, monitors the patient.
to read more: sfgate.com
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