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FDA approves ingestible sensor that transmits patient data to doctors

(CBS News) Digestible sensors that can report medication adherence and vital signs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Proteus Digital Health, Inc. announced that the FDA has approved their product, the Ingestion Event Marker (IEM). The ingestible sensor, which was already been approved for use in Europe in 2011, can transmit information about the patient to medical professionals and help them customize care…
The sensor, which is the size of a grain of sand, can be put inside a pill or other consumables and is powered by stomach fluid. Once swallowed, the device transmits a signal to a patch on the user's stomach that can determine when the item was consumed, as well as other physiological and behavioral metrics including heart rate, body position and activity. Then the information can be sent to a mobile phone app to the patient, and, with the patient's permission, their medical caregivers.
The sensor passes through the body like high-fiber food, Proteus Digital Health told NBCNews.com.
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