Proteus Digital Health has developed a unique feedback system in which wearable and ingestible sensors work collaboratively to monitor patient compliance in taking medication and activity and rest patterns. The company describes the technology in this way:
The ingestible sensor is technology you swallow. It's made entirely of ingredients found in food and activated upon ingestion. You take it alongside your medications, capturing the exact time of ingestion.
Your body powers the ingestible sensor. With no battery and no antenna, your stomach fluids complete the power source and your body transmits the unique number generated by the sensor.
The patch, body-worn and disposable, captures and relays your body's physiologic responses and behaviors. It receives information from the ingestible sensor, detects heart rate, activity, and rest, and sends information to your mobile device.â€¨â€¨Using a Bluetooth-enabled device - like the one you already carry in your pocket or purse - you can access secure applications that display your data in context and support care in a variety of different ways.
Voilà, it's that simple. The product has been available in Europe since August 2010 and received FDA market clearance in July 2012.
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Take an ingestible sensor and call me in the morning