SmartPills Could Bring Pathologists Even Closer to Primary Care

Interesting technology could be incorporated into medical laboratory tests

Though still in early development, “SmartPills” —a technology now being adapted for therapeutic drug delivery and monitoring—could be used in ways that bring pathologists into closer consultation with primary care physicians.

Using new drug-delivery technology created by California-based Proteus Biomedical, the SmartPill sends information from inside the patient’s body to a chip that’s worn outside on the skin in a patch, or embedded under the skin. The chip then uploads the data to a Smartphone or through the Internet to the prescribing physician.