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Geekend: Smartphone Blood Tests Could Save Your Life
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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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2/24/2015 | 5:57:17 PM
Re: $18000 to $34
@kstaron- That is the number that the researchers quoted in their own release. I'm willing to say they probably looked for the most retail-oriented, single use test out there. I'm guessing the Red Cross can do it for less because they do it in bulk. But I bet that's what the insurance companies charge or something.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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2/23/2015 | 12:49:47 PM
$18000 to $34

"traditional HIV test costs more than $18,000"

Whoa! Is that figure correct? I thought it would have to be lower since the Red Cross needs to screen every blood donation. In that case the savings using the dongle will be enormous. This makes sense that we should be leveraging the microprocessors in our smartphones for things like blood sugar and blood typing. Using technology to get results both faster and cheaper is a boon to the healthcare industry and their patients. How soon before they can do a lipid profile or other blood tests? How many years before most of our lab workup can be done on our smartphones?

Ariella
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Ariella,
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2/9/2015 | 2:31:59 PM
Re: Geekend: Smartphone Blood Tests Could Save Your Life
Likely, in cases like that it can urge another blood test for confirmation. Even doctors do that sometimes, as I found when I brought my daughter in for a consultation with a specialist. That reminds me that I have to ask about the results of her last blood test and if she will need a new prescription.
freespiritny25
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2/9/2015 | 12:05:54 PM
Re: Geekend: Smartphone Blood Tests Could Save Your Life
Very interesting. I think it would be useful for daily tracking, like diabetes, but I am not so sure about diagnosing disease. I don't think anyone should be alone having their phone telling them they are HIV positive. That is something that should be done with a medical professional present for support and counselling, as well as referrals to necessary specialists.
vnewman2
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2/7/2015 | 11:25:56 PM
Re: A very Smart Device and Software
Knowledge is power as they say. I don't think that people should become their own doctors so to speak but with the advent of the internet there is no longer a monopoly on medical information. Think about it: it used to be the only way to get a diagnosis was to go to the doctor because the only way medical information was shared was through medical schools and your average joe was completely in the dark. Not so anymore. So it stands to reasons that diagnostic tools should also be available to the "patient" who still can and should take this information to your healthcare provider. But knowing is half the battle.
danielcawrey
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2/7/2015 | 4:59:47 PM
Re: A very Smart Device and Software
I think that people deserve to have these types of tools at their disposal. It's not always an easy experience going to the doctor, so I think any digital products that can enhance the healthcare of people around the world is really beneficial. 

Would I do a blood test on myself? Maybe, it would really depend on the situation. 
jastroff
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2/7/2015 | 11:49:59 AM
A very Smart Device and Software
>> Still, it is hard not to see the giant repercussions of this. It puts power in the hands of the patient. It reduces testing time. It frees medical professionals to do more doctoring. It requires less training to enable more people to perform tests in the field.

Very good stuff, and the good Professor didn't have to go on Shark Tank for funds. 

Truly disruptive, and very beneficial to people.

Why is it "people" benefits lag behind business benefits in the grand scheme of things, i.e, this development comes way after the ability to process a company's human resources files...


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