Bleeding Edge

by Mike Masnick

Quick, I Need Some WiFi To Take My Medicine

from the wireless-drugs dept

The latest attempt at improving modern medicine is apparently an implanted microchip that can be controlled wirelessly from outside the body to release medicine into someone's bloodstream. The system is supposedly more advanced that other internal drug delivery systems, in that it can be controlled from outside the body using some form of wireless connection. The idea is that the system could better monitor what's actually going on inside the body, and releases doses accordingly, rather than the slightly less scientific method of "take two of these, and call me in the morning." Of course, the opening of the article discusses the wireless connection on the device, but it's not entirely clear from the rest of the article what it does or how it works. Still, if there were fears a few years ago that hackers could hack your pacemaker, just imagine what they could do if they could control what medicines were released in your body.

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    DV Henkel-Wallace, 16 Mar 2006 @ 8:41am

    Only part of how things are going

    Devices that can be manipulated remotely like this are a pretty good idea, and are currently somewhat "hot" in the biodevices space, but there are a some more interesting directions the work is going. One is to have the body power the device -- very cool. Another is to have some authentication built in, but right now the power requirements are so tight (and so minimal -- you don't want excess heat inside the body anyway) that the computation to do this is not available. The most interesting is to implant drug systems that react to the body's condition and select themselves how much drug to give. After all, that's how your body works anyway.

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