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Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

March 28, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers are testing new smartphone apps that push patients to take their pills using selfie-style videos.

Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy and data security concerns.

The apps work with a smartphone’s camera. A patient shoots a selfie-style video while taking their pills, then uploads that video proof to the clinic for review.

Fans say the technology addresses a big problem: About half of drugs for chronic conditions aren’t taken as prescribed because of cost, side effects or patient forgetfulness.

Health departments are using the apps to keep tabs on tuberculosis patients. Researchers see potential in hepatitis C, opioid addiction and other conditions where medication matters.

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