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Pills That Communicate With Cell Phone Apps

Robert Scoble interviewed Andrew Thompson, CEO of Proteus Biomedical, a company that makes drugs that communicate with cell phones via Bluetooth. You can listen to the interview by clicking the play button on the left.

Essentially the company develops medicine products and devices that integrate electronics, sensors, and wireless communications into pharmaceuticals like pills. It offers a monitoring system called Raisin Personal Monitor, a wireless health device for remote recording and analysis of heart rate, physical activity, body position, and patient-logged events.

The company which was founded in 2001 and is based in Redwood City, California, develops these devices to allow cardiac resynchronization therapy to be tailored and adjusted based on a patient’s cardiovascular physiology.

The devices focuses on sensing, communicating, and optimizing cardiovascular performance for chronic heart failure management. It is also an intelligent pharmaceutical systems that communicates patient-specific medication-taking behavior and physiologic response. Its products address various therapeutic applications, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, metabolic and central nervous system disorders, and oncology.

When ingested, any discrete event (such as the ingestion of a specific pharmaceutical) can be recorded. However, it also records any physiologic information such as heart rate, activity, body angle and patient-logged information. The unique ingestion event and all logged information are then communicated via Bluetooth to any computerized device, such as mobile phone applications. The system is being developed as part of an integrated intelligent medicine system to track response and outcomes-based of treatments. Proteus partners are currently developing these products to treat diabetes, cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disorders, organ transplantation and infectious disease.

Very cool and futuristic technology. Below is one of their promotional videos.

A look into the system being developed by Proteus Biomedical.

Photo Courtesy of Wade Morgen