Diseases like HIV and syphilis can now be accurately detected with the help of your smartphone. A small device attached to the phone, can give you a precise diagnosis in a matter of minutes.
A device made for smart phones can detect HIV or syphilis in less than 15 minutes, with the same efficiency of a medical laboratory. All it takes is a drop of blood dripped on the small device which will be analysed by an app.
The testing experiment has been conducted by biomechanics professor at the University of Columbia, Samuel Sia, on a group of 96 pacients Rwanda. The two main advantages of the device are, one, the price of only $34 compared to the cost of $18.000 for the medical equipment needed for medical labs. The second advantage, is that the device charges trough the mobile phone and doesn’t require to be hooked up to an electrical socket. The device can be attached on any compatible smart phone, including iPhones and android platform phones.
According to professor Samuel, the device is very easy for use, and it doesn’t need special technical knowledge.
During the testing, users from Rwanda, have been trained in only half an hour by health officials how to use the mechanism, which included a uses friendly menu, to facilitate each step of the tests. Around 97% of the participants, stated that they would recommend the device because of being easy to use and the short amount of time in which it can give an exact diagnosis.
Mobile phones are on the verge of revolutionizing the medical diagnostics sector, as they have developed the ability of playing the role of a serious medical laboratory, being able to give full eye exams, to detect Parkinson, malaria, HIV and to monitor the blood sugar levels.
Researchers are planning to release the low cost device in the developing countries and observe how this technology could benefit the patients at their homes.
In the developing countries, technology and internet haven’t set off between the ‘90s and 2000, especially due to the lack of equipment and proper infrastructure. There are plenty countries which have went straight to mobile phones and are presently making the transition towards the smart phones. According to IDC, a top global market intelligence company, the smart phones sales in the developing countries have tripled in the last trimester of 2014, compared to the same period of 2013. A lot of smart phones are being sold there for amounts of under $50, and this statistic should be promising for the following year as well. Data is implying that an African out of three should own a smart phone by 2017.
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