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Scanadu is a crowdfunded venture to create a personal medical scanner. Their Scout scanner will operate as a wireless unit and work with software installed on your smartphone.  It will measure temperature, heart rate, oximetry (blood O2), ECG, HRV (heart rate variability), PWTT (pulse wave transmit time), UA (urine analysis) and stress.

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The Scanadu Scout scanner in use

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Star Trek’s vision of medecine 

If they make good on their promises this will be a huge boon for personalized healthcare.  Not only will it allow you to monitor your health on a regular basis, but you may also be able to avoid doctor’s visits in the future as self-diagnosis software becomes available.  I believe that once people have access to their own health data that there will be a large market for software that can use Artificial Intelligence expert systems to reach conclusions about the data.  IBM’s Blue Gene is expected to be used in this manner for hospitals but there is no reason (other than cost) that it could not be accessed as a web service from a smart phone.

Here is the link to their website where you can actually reserve a scanner: http://www.scanadu.com/

 

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