XPRIZE for Medical Tricorder

by Larry Emmott on November 8, 2013

in Diagnostics

XPRIZE-TricorderFrom Scientific American:

After more than 300 prospective entrants for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE expressed interest in the competition, organizers on Tuesday will unveil the 34 teams competing for the $10 million prize…

Each group is developing a mobile device weighing five pounds or less that can diagnose and interpret 15 different medical condition—including diabetes, atrial fibrillation, stroke and tuberculosis—as well as capture a range of vital health metrics, including blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature.

via My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network.

 

I believe that high tech diagnostics will have a tremendous impact on medical dental care in the future. Scanning ourselves with relatively noninvasive devices and then digitizing the results for storage and analysis in the cloud will lead to a better understanding of our systems and an improvement in the human condition.

Many of these devices are simple, inexpensive and can be plugged into a smart phone. This will lead increasingly to the decentralization of medicine. This will lead further to improved outcomes at lower cost.

For those not familiar with the term Tricorder it is a reference to a fictional device shown to the right in the image above that was used by “Bones” Dr. McCoy in the original Star Trek series.

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