Date
15 October 2018
Israel’s Given Imaging has developed a smart pill called PillCam that works as an alternative to the traditional colonoscopy procedure. Photo: RDC
Israel’s Given Imaging has developed a smart pill called PillCam that works as an alternative to the traditional colonoscopy procedure. Photo: RDC

Smart technology ushers in era of disease prevention

Prevention is better than cure, and a group of companies is introducing smart technology to make disease prevention a lot easier.

Workouts are definitely a good way to stay healthy and fit. Exercise bike maker Peloton has rolled out an internet-connected product that can stream live instructions to users.

A hotel chain has partnered with Peloton to offer the exercise bikes to its guests. This is good news for frequent travelers like myself.

Another company has created a smartphone app that offers live gym classes to customers.

Just imagine, the future workout coach could be a robot, which can customize the best workout plan for you based on your work schedule, diet habits, health condition and psychological status.

Your data can form part of a workout data bank that can be integrated with healthcare data for the benefit of other users.

Separately, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first digital pill called Abilify MyCite, which tracks how patients are taking their medication.

Fitted with a tiny ingestible sensor that communicates with a patch worn by the patient, the device transmits medication data to a smartphone app. The patient can upload this information to a database for use as a reference by the doctor and other authorized persons.

Given Imaging, an Israeli medical technology company, has developed a different type of smart pill called PillCam.

It is a capsule with two tiny cameras that capture images from a patient’s digestive tract to help doctors keep an eye on polyps.

It’s a great alternative to the traditional colonoscopy procedure. During a colonoscopy, the doctor uses a colonoscope, a long, flexible, tubular instrument that transmits an image of the lining of the colon which is then examined for any abnormalities. Compared with traditional colonoscopy, PillCam is more comfortable and will encourage more patients to undergo the life-saving test.

Indeed, technology enables us to improve our ability to observe, measure and analyze for our own benefit.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan 9

Translation by Julie Zhu

[Chinese version 中文版]

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Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, former head of the data committee and vice president at Alibaba Group.

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