Portable device for health checks
A small portable electronic device that will enable persons to measure a range of different physiological parameters, including pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, body temperature, heart rate variability, and blood oxygenation will be widely in use in Europe by 2030. The data received by a data collection device are sent to the mobile app connected to it, so as to provide a full health status picture on the user’s mobile device (e.g. smart phone). Such a small device could provide, for instance, urine analysis and be designed to be used to track diabetes or urinary infections. It could also be a saliva testing device enabling its user to see whether s/he has contracted influenza.
Users should be able to monitor and learn about their current health status – and that of their families – and how it evolves over time. They could check their bodies as often as they check their email. One imaginable scenario is that those anxious parents who tend to run straight to their doctor whenever their child has a high temperature might find some reassurance by using such devices. Having this kind of concrete information could lead to a dramatic fall in healthcare costs. At the same time, helping people to obtain a better grasp of their own state of health should mean that they can have more informed discussions with their healthcare providers.
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