WOT dominates DOT with the ability to deliver real-time intake of medication regulated through a mobile app.
FREMONT, CA: Tuberculosis (TB), a contagious, life-threatening lung disease, is transmitted through the air. It is the world's second-largest killer, though it can be stopped, treated and healed. People with active tuberculosis are expected to take medication for quite a long time to eliminate the infection. The number of tuberculosis cases is increasing dramatically, primarily due to the spread of HIV. To track treatment adherence to wipe out TB, another innovation, including sensors, has been conceived.
The new technology ensures better treatment by helping patients complete the treatment, thus eliminating tuberculosis. An ingestible sensor empowers doctors to monitor patients with tuberculosis remotely for medication intake. This can help doctors track their patients and possibly save their lives. A study at the University of California found that a random study involving a total of 77 patients in California has shown that 93 percent of those who use the sensors take their daily doses, while 63 percent of the others do not use the sensors.
A sensor connected to a paired mobile was used in the randomly controlled trial. The test results were better than directly observed therapy (DOT), which involved direct observation of the patient gulping medication. The study called Wirelessly Observed Therapy (WOT) included a patient ingesting a small, pill-sized sensor made up of minerals and donning a paired patch on their torso that transmits levels of medication via Bluetooth. The doctor can now monitor the patient's intake of medication in real-time with a phone application.
Hence, the trial shows that the WOT reports for consumed pharmaceutical substances are more reliable. This program helps patients to administer their own medications while protecting the confidentiality and dignity of patients. The system also enabled the doctors with authorization to provide targeted treatment support. WOT is FDA approved, and patients with a doctor's prescription or online software can have access to it.