Biomedical engineer Robert Langer has invented an implantable microchip that can deliver drugs by wireless signal. The chips Langer is working on contain up to 1,000 tiny “wells” that you can fill with different medicines. As the covers on these “wells” open, the drugs are released.
Instead of having to give yourself an injection or take a pill every day, you’d have the microchip implanted under your skin and let it do its thing long-term (up to 16 years, according to the company website).
Even better, the chips respond to wireless signals so you could change the dose according to your condition without having to physically access the chip: a remote control for your implanted pharmacy.
This is a neat idea, and certainly takes telemedicine to a whole new level. I get that its a early-stage prototype at this point, but his best move would be to partner with Qualcomm or another systems company to work out a proprietary security protocol. The need for such seems obvious.