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Enigmamf: Care plan compliance is actually one of the greatest determiners of patient outcomes.
colinspooky: Why would you take a digital pill to your doctor?
vpb: Bipolar people are notorious for not taking medicine.
brainlordmesomorph: That's brilliant and terrible. Patients never take their meds on time.Privacy is obsolete.
Harry Freakstorm: Hey doc. Harry just took his Abilify. Yep. I'm down here in his gut. Looking around. You know how Harry said he was managing his diabetes by limiting his sugar intake? Yeah. I'm not seeing that down here, doc. There's the remains of two donuts and a chocolate bar. That's the fresh stuff. I'm sitting on a bunch of fried potatoes. That should be in his diet either, know what I mean?Be sure to tell Harry about the ulcer from his drinking. Look like a big red star gate ready to pop. Well, looks like I'm heading in to the intestines, or polyptown as I call 'em. I'll call you again when I hit the toilet. Abilify out.
nartreb: Uh, any doctor, anywhere, would kill for something like this, if it was reliable and cheap.Patient goes to doc, doc prescribes medicine, two weeks later patient is back, still sick.a) meds aren't working, maybe diagnosis is wrongb) meds aren't sufficient, try a larger dosec) patient forgot to take meds all week, give them a good scolding and/or sign them up for some kind of reminder serviced) patient sold the drugs on the black marketThis is a big deal for elderly patients, who take lots of meds and often forget what they're supposed to take.Trying this in schizophrenics and bipolar people is also a very good idea. From time to time they'll decide to stop taking their meds, and won't tell anybody. It can take a few weeks for the symptoms to be obvious, and by that point things tend to get bad - they won't listen to anybody, so the only "treatment" is to wait until they're a clear danger to themselves or others and can be locked up involuntarily, at great expense. Meanwhile the patient will have completely trashed his career and relationships and may need years to get back to a position of relative self-sufficiency. However, it might not work. This population includes some clever and paranoid people. Getting the pill to report that it's been swallowed can't be too difficult.