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Nov 02, 2013 10:21 AM EDT

High-Tech Medical Advances Could Revolutionize Healthcare


Smartphones and smart devices have impacted your social life, but new technology being introduced in the medical field could revolutionize the way you monitor your health, CBS News reported.

High-tech advances such as so-called smart pills allow doctors to see exactly what's happening inside their patient's body from afar. A smart pill user could conduct a physical exam and make a diagnosis without being in a doctor's office.

This just requires "putting sensors, smart technology into everyday objects that people have used for tens, hundreds of years," Josh Stein of AdhereTech told CBS News.

The smart pill bottle, made by Stein's New York-based company AdhereTech, uses cellphone technology to measure exactly how many pills are in the bottle at any time. It glows blue to remind you it's time to take your medication. If you forget, it turns red and sounds an alarm.

"I know if I have to take an antibiotic twice a day, I forget at least once. So for an older patient who may be taking multiple medications," Dr. Joyce Fogel of Beth Israel Medical Center told CBS News. "It's really a problem."

If the alarm doesn't get the users attention, the company will send a text message, call and phone and even reach out to a loved one or doctor to check on the user.

The little gadget is one of the newest cutting-edge devices using wireless smart technology to revolutionize the health care industry, according to CBS News.

Another technology advance in health comes from Proteus. They have technology that would enable a pill to literally communicate directly with the users doctor.

According to CBS News, a sensor the size of a grain of sand is embedded in a pill. Once swallowed, allowing it to measure the patient's vitals and then send them to a doctor.

The information is relayed through a disposable skin patch acting as a receiver. Ultimately, the doctor downloads it all on an app.

Hospitals are already using the ViSi wrist band, which measures everything from a patient's heart rate and blood pressure to breathing rates and oxygen levels.

Other medical bracelets, like FitBit, keep track of physical activity and well one eats or sleep, according to CBS News.

Some sophisticated smartphone apps with sensors are also able to track blood pressure, heart rate, sleep habits and more.

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