Eating Microchips to Save Money


Controlling health care costs is on the minds of many folks. To that end medication with tiny digestible microchips could find their way into your medicine cabinet in the not too distant future. Maybe.

Such microchips, which could be attached to pills, could transmit a signal to a small wireless device on your skin and tell your doctor that you’ve taken your medication, and even transmit your vital signs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The project savings are large: Remote monitoring of Americans with congestive heart failure could save $10.1 billion in health care costs per year, save $6.1 billion in costs to treat diabetes and save $4.9 billion to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a non-profit research group, West Wireless Health Institute.

As technology continues to get smaller and cheaper, digestible medication tracking chips could get fairly cheap.  The chips are still in the testing phase, and aren’t expected to be available to consumers until 2012, according to the Journal.

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