Researchers Warn of Privacy Risks Carried by Digital Pills

Researchers Warn of Privacy Risks Carried by Digital Pills

Researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago recently cautioned against digital pills, saying that there was no evidence that prescription medication with ingestible wireless sensors are beneficial to patients.

The smart pills, which are designed to see if the patient had taken their medication, “dumbs down” a complex issue of medication adherence in the hopes of a quick solution, according to UIC College of Applied Health Sciences associate professor Eric Swirsky.   

Swirsky added that the pills were a dangerous reduction of the provider-patient relationship, and shortcuts should not be taken when seeking to improve patient adherence.

Source: Health Data Management

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