Application of information technologies in medicine: now a smart pill
Doctors and patients know: the use of information technology in medicine has completely transformed the industry. Computer anesthesia, laser surgery, remote meetings with the big heads of science. Finally, blockchain and e-wallets. All this is about modern medicine. But this seems to have never happened…
It is enough to swallow an electronic pill and it will supply the body with drugs throughout the course of treatment. In fact, it is not a pill, but a real robot, though very small. It can do many things: not only to give the patient the necessary substances, but also to diagnose.
This multifunctional device was invented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). ”Body” of the robot was printed by scientists from a special material on a 3D printer. The device consists of many layers and treats the patient from the inside, after ingestion. As necessary, the layers are revealed and the necessary substances are dosed into the body. This revolutionary tool is necessary to defeat diseases that require long-term treatment. Now the patient does not need to eat a lot of pills every day: one, but smart is enough. Also, as mentioned above, smart pill monitors the health of the patient. And if it detects violations, releases pre-prepared means. For example, if a person has an allergy, the robot will give him the appropriate medicine.
To remove the device from the body, it is enough to issue a command via Bluetooth. For this purpose, a special application for smartphone and pad has been developed. In offline mode, the robot is in the body the maximum amount of time 36 days, and then “weakens the tentacles” and is excreted naturally.
Electronic mini-doctor and cybersecurity
Creating an innovative product, the developers took care of many things unknown to pharmacists. For example, it was necessary to eliminate the problem of hacking and unauthorized access.
This issue was resolved by self-isolation of the wireless signal. Another challenge for authors of innovative development is to protect data privacy.
So far, the smart pill has not been tested on humans. However, it has shown excellent results, being in a layout that copies the upper layers of the gastrointestinal tract. Scientists predict that all the necessary tests and studies will be carried out in the next two years.
The estimated cost of a multifunctional electronic device is not known.