Do you have HIV or Malaria? Now your Phone can Answer this Question!

By CIOReview | Thursday, July 4, 2019

healthcare techPatients can now detect several deadly diseases by using their smartphones.

FREMONT, CA: Equipped with accelerometer, gyroscope, camera, and barometer, smartphones today have unlimited access to the internet and can now provide healthcare diagnosis too.

Private research enterprises have already started investing in smartphone technology to bring various unknown applications online. Previously, independent developers have turned smartphones into heart monitoring, tremor, and speed detecting devices. However, talking about clinical diagnostics is setting the application bar to a whole new level. Even with the trivial updates in smartphones breaking the technological norms of skeptics, the upgraded diagnostics feature development should not come as a surprise for the future millennials. The potential to save the life of millions by pre-detecting health problems compelled the software and hardware developers to advance in medical technology.

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HIV Detection within a Few Seconds

Previous statistics state that in 2017, about 37 million people worldwide were living with HIV. Even though early detection can save the life of patients, but complex detectability becomes the primary hurdle to the increasing disease transmission rate.  

Researchers have teamed up with scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital to develop extended disposable and portable sensors that can be attached with cellphones to detect HIV viruses. Adding nanotechnology with smartphones has unlocked the ability to monitor HIV viruses from personal cellular devices. This novel technology increases the probability to undergo a diagnostic trial within seconds and makes management in resource-limited regions more achievable and efficient.

Malaria Detection Tool

Malaria, a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes which have killed more people than any wars and epidemics in the entire human history, can now be easily diagnosed using a smartphone. In order to improve malaria diagnostics, researches from the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications have developed a fully automated and cost-efficient system which uses a smartphone platform and standard microscopy to detect parasite from blood films. Automatic parasite counting is far more sophisticated than the traditional manual counting method. Extended cellular diagnostics platform not only reduces the workload of malaria field workers but also deescalates diagnostic cost of the patients, hence making a perfect substitute for age-old clinical analysis methods.

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