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For Sale: Ingestible Computers To Monitor Your Health

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

June 25, 2013

The New York Times reports on a new wave of prescription pills—ones that can e-mail your doctor after being swallowed. Ingestible computers in pill-form can now monitor health data and share it wirelessly with doctors. The pills stay intact throughout the intestinal tract and are powered through stomach acids. John Perry Barlow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation says such a pill has wonderful and terrible aspects. “The wonderful is that there are a great number of things you want to know about yourself on a continual basis…The terrible is that health insurance companies could know about the inner workings of your body.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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