IoT Smart Health: Proteus –  Always remember to take your pill

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IoT Smart Health: Proteus – Always remember to take your pill

Communicating in a rather complicated way seems to be embedded in the DNA of medical engineering. When Proteus announced Abilify MyCite, it read like this: “Abilify MyCite is a drug-device combination product comprised of Otsuka’s oral aripiprazole tablets embedded with an Ingestible Event Marker (IEM) sensor. The system includes: Abilify MyCite, the MyCite Patch; the MyCite App and web-based portals for healthcare providers and caregivers.”” Prosaic, or even enigmatic, it may be – but the meaning is revolutionary. Abilify is the brand name of a drug used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A patient prescribed the pills will also be swallowing an integrated IEM sensor that’s the size of a grain of sand and made from ingredients normally found in food.

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As soon as it contacts stomach fluids, the IEM activates and communicates to a wearable sensor integrated in the MyCite Patch worn by the patient. After activation, the IEM is digested and eliminated from the body. The patch records the date and time of the ingestion and communicates this data to the MyCite app on a mobile device. The app allows patients to view their medication ingestion and daily activity and rest levels. They may also enter their mood – important for mental health issues. With the patient’s consent, a care team or family members can be given access to the app information. Proteus is also marketing the system under the name of Proteus Discover for use with other pills and medications.

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