The stethoscope was invented in the year 1816. It is expected that in 2016, doctors (and healthcare workers who are directly involved in client's care) will no longer have to carry this equipment. Instead, Eric Topol says medics and the general population will be using smartphones to monitor vital signs and chronic conditions. From physiology to imaging, we will be able to track and see the following on our phones:-
- Electrocardiogram - ECG (EKG)
- The vital signs (Blood Pressure, Temperature, Respirations, Heart Rate, Oxygen Saturation)
- Contractions (in pregnant and expectant mothers)
- Blood sugar
- Sleep pattern (useful in determining sleep apnea)
- Calorie intake in real time (useful in weight management)
- Ultra Sound
if you click on the series of photos embedded below, you will see one with the Top Ten diseases that at the moment can be tracked. The list is based on the percentage and distribution of some chronic diseases in the general population of the USA.
While appreciating all this power of technology, my thinking was embeded on how we can apply it in our settings and be able to benefit Africa in the light of common and chronic diseases such as Malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB and now Diabetes, Hypertension etc.
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