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A Wearable Wireless Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitoring System

The project involves the design, development, and in vivo testing (on dog animal model) of a wearable wireless pharmaceutical compliance monitoring (PCM) system based on an array of magnetic sensors which continuously look for the passage of magnetic tracers that will be incorporated in solid-phase medications through patient's esophagus. The sensor array is planned to be mounted on a necklace worn by the patient and will be equipped with a wireless transceiver that sends the "dose ingestion event" to a wearable data delivery device (i.e. PDA or smartphone). The smartphone would be able to wirelessly report a patientís compliance to the physician, caregiver, or researchers involved in new drug trials over the internet or telephone network. The smartphone could also be programmed to sound an alarm in case a dose is missed, thus helping the patient to better adhere with the prescribed medication schedule.

Investigators: Maysam Ghovanloo (Electrical and Computer Engineering, GT), Mark Braunstein, (Computer Science, GT), Keith Robinson (Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute)

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