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MICROSOFT TALKS UP USING PRINTERS TO MAKE ……..

 user 2008-05-20 at 10:39:50 am Views: 34
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    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/145679/microsoft_talks_up_using_printers_to_make_drugs.html
    Microsoft Talks up Using Printers to Make Drugs
    May 
    2008In the not-too-distant future, people could use computer printers
    to make simple medicines as part of a do-it-yourself model of health
    care, a top Microsoft executive said Friday.Printers are already liquid
    delivery systems, but instead of ink, people might someday put the
    ingredients of different medications into printer cartridges, said
    Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, in a
    speech in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday.

    The drugstore-in-a-box,
    as he called it, would be part of several devices that could
    increasingly use information technology for health diagnosis and
    treatment.In an example, he envisioned a mobile phone that also
    contained breath analysis technology like that used to detect alcohol
    in the breath of drunk drivers today. But instead of just alcohol, the
    technology would be tweaked to determine a lot about a person’s health.
    The handset could analyze a person’s breath for diseases, chemical
    imbalances and other troubles, and then a clinic could provide a
    diagnosis.The mobile phone user might then go to a clinic so they could
    print out the medication. The computer would assess the person’s
    weight, sex and other factors to determine the right combination of
    ingredients to treat the ailment, then print out a sheet of “tablets.”
    The person would then peel them off like mailing labels and let them
    dissolve in their mouth, Mundie said.

    Such technology is not available today, and Microsoft said it’s just an idea.
    But
    Mundie said the technology sector is poised to come up with novel ways
    to improve healthcare. He pointed to examples in recent history where
    people once had to go to the doctor but can now diagnose themselves at
    home, such as using home pregnancy tests.