Technology Is Slowly Taking Over Healthcare

Worldwide, there are an estimated 6.8 billion mobile phone subscriptions.

Worldwide, there are an estimated 6.8 billion mobile phone subscriptions.

Newcastle University scientists have recently developed early-warning sensor systems that can test and track serious infectious diseases using mobile phones and the Internet.  This includes tracking major flu-epidemics such as MRSA and HIV.  The aim of this system is to develop mobile health technologies that allow doctors to diagnose and track diseases much earlier than before. Researchers from various disciplines are working together at the major new Interdisciplinary Research Collaborating (IRC) to guarantee that their research leads to the greatest benefits for healthcare users as quickly as possible.   Even though, their phone connected diagnostic test seems complicated, they assure it will be easy to use and inexpensive. It will give rapid results just by a pin-prick of blood or a simple swab. By quickly transmitting results into secure healthcare systems, it will alert doctors to potentially serious outbreaks with geographically linked information. They will also track reported symptoms of infections by searching Internet sources, which includes media reports and search engines to identify outbreaks before people attend clinic. This project is part o a $32 million investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

I think everyone can benefit from this project because these scientists are basically trying to save more lives by using our smartphones to inform us when we are ill. This improves healthcare by controlling the spread of infectious diseases.  Here is a link to the article:

Here is a fact from the article that I thought was pretty cool to know:

Worldwide, there an estimated 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions, 2.7 billion people on-line and 1 billion social network users, representing a massive opportunity to widen access to tests and track emerging disease outbreaks.


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