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e-Pill

e-Pill

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The e-Pill.Exercise dose for the diabetic patient
Dr James Levine, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN 55905THE ISSUE
Exercise can be defined as, "bodily exertion for the sake of developing andmaintaining physical fitness" such as a walk, sport, yoga or visiting the gym. Exercisein diabetic patients is associated with benefit both with respect to preventing andtreating diabetes and its complications.
THE PROBLEM
Most diabetic patients do not perform exercise.
THE SOLUTION
 There has been a push across the medical community to prescribe exercise like amedicine:http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/. However, beyond writing a‘prescription-like document’ (e.g. "perform three aerobic sessions, each lasting 30minutes per week") there is no technology that can be prescribed to help a patientcomply with their exercise prescription. The aim of the e-Pill is to deploy a cheap,easy-to-use technology to help diabetic patients exercise.
THE e-Pill
 The e-Pill is a quarter-sized electronic device to help a diabetic patient complete anexercise prescription. The e-Pill is at first programmed by a health care provider to aset exercise dose. The e-Pill is then worn by or, attached to the patient. The e-Pillindicates with a green LED when the patient's exercise prescription has beencompleted.
 
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THE PROTOTYPEWorking e-Pill Prototype.
 
Dimensions 40 x 20 x 4.5 mm; 4.15 gram.TECHNICAL STUFFVALIDATION
Eight patients aged, 28 ± 7 years wore the e-Pill. The diabetes educator instructed thepatient to take on one occasion, a 30 minutewalk and on another occasion, a 15 minutewalk. The data were independently verifiedwith a Physical Activity Monitoring System(Science Volume, 307:pages, 584-6). The e-Pill delivered. The patients performedexercise in their correct prescribed dose.
REAL WORLD DEPLOYMENT
 The deliverable is a packet of e-Pills, upload technology and a manual. The e-Pill hasthe function to assist in the delivery, sensing and monitoring of an exercise programthat is prescribed by a health worker for a patient.

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