SPOTLIGHT: Florida researchers test antenna-equipped 'tattletale pill'

"Smart pills" have been touted as a solution to the monitoring issue, though the technology remains in an experimental phase. At the University of Florida, researchers are testing what they call a "tattletale pill," outfitted with a microchip and digestible antenna to notify a receiving device the patient carries when the capsule is ingested. The receiver then pings a nearby cell phone or computer to signify that the pill has been taken. Before you sound warnings of Big Brother-like intrusion, know that the Florida team sees the technology mostly within the context of clinical trials so researchers don't have to watch every time a trial subject takes a dose. FierceMobileHealthcare

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