Should doctors monitor mentally ill patients' meds?
Dr. David Samadi weighs in
- Duration 3:03
- Date Jan 22, 2013
Dr. David Samadi weighs in
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Listen any shocking stats in New York City alone as many as 111000 homeless people suffer for it.
Some form of mental illness more than 3000 of them consider potentially violent.
And -- simply roaming the streets but there's an invention in the works -- could monitor mentally ill patients every move and warn authorities and their doctors.
If they stop taking their -- so.
Is this a good idea or invasion of their privacy joining me now from the Fox -- medical team doctor Davidson -- -- complicated issue here doctor.
It would actually send you as the physician.
Some sort of and alerts on your phone if one of your patience is not taking their medication.
Yes Gretchen this was -- actually the last here in July but if the end it's called -- Smart pill.
What it is is basically has a sensory -- that the patient takes -- it has a sensor there's a patch on the patient.
And actually what it does it gets activated as you take your medications with saliva.
And takes all that information and sends it to either -- Smart -- Or anywhere that we want to program if it's important because one of the biggest issues we -- medicine is really the compliance is a patient really taken their medications.
Now when it comes to diabetes high blood pressure which this -- can do I do -- -- mission which is really effective.
But now what it comes to -- -- patients.
There could be harm to themselves to the society and to others so that makes it even more important using this kind of technology I'd like to technology it's not a 100% perfect.
Well we really have come a long way to really get.
To know what our patients doing are they -- are there -- taking that in a long term Gretchen can reduce.
Families of those.
A former health care cost of the and potentially violent crimes if some of these people are mentally ill -- they're not taking their medications but here's the problem doctor and we all know that this is the -- in the whole situation.
Is that number what is it ethical but number two there are so many laws now to protect the rights.
Of the mentally -- sometimes.
Sometimes that supersedes the right of the individual victim in many of these cases so the court says you can't force these people to take Mets.
This unfortunately that's part of the shortcoming of the system and they have rights of course and you -- -- when he comes to.
Serious mentality in this you may have to get a court order to be able to do this but look when you talk about psychiatric illnesses you have bipolar you have deep Christian.
Many -- it problem -- their medications can really throw them off.
-- schizophrenic that sometimes -- don't even recognize that these are people that may be shooting.
Forum -- -- abusive or violence etc.
so making sure that they take the right dose term compliant they're really in tune monitor them.
It's the way to go and if this technology is gonna help to society.
I'd like to technology I think it's gonna not only help with heart disease diabetes but also for a lot of mental you talk about -- -- -- -- and you talk about over 3000.
Of -- homeless people are violent and in the around us.
It's on acceptable so I think his school will help us that's just one city we're talking about a doctor Davidson I always great to -- you -- -- -- -- thank you.