Telemedicine is the way of the future, making health care easier for patients and physicians alike. As medicine becomes more advanced, so too does technology help us take care of ourselves. Here are five of the most innovative and revolutionary gadgets that are broadening our definition of personalized medicine.
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1. Virtual Appointment Apps
Many people struggle to make it to an appointment with a physician due to mobility issues, poor health, or finances. With the rise of telemedicine, companies like TouchCare have made it possible for patients to have a personal appointment with their doctor through an app. This technology is as easy as a FaceTime call, allowing patients to connect with their provider for advice, questions, and follow-up care.
2. Dario Glucose Monitoring
Dario is a portable glucose monitoring device that works with a smartphone app. The glucometer connects to the audio port of a smartphone. Simply remove a blood test strip, draw blood, and insert it into the meter. The app will tell you your blood sugar level and how much insulin you need based on your food log.
3. Mobile DNA Analysis
Biomeme transforms an iPhone into a DNA lab that can identify diseases with a real-time qPCR thermocycler. Biomeme’s goal is giving small clinics the ability to run DNA tests with lab-grade equipment at an affordable cost.
4. Angel Monitor
The Angel monitor is an all-in-one health monitor. It can serve as a sleep monitor and workout tracker while also tracking your heart rate to detect irregular rates and send you an alert. It includes a temperature sensor to detect ovulation or alert you if you’re about to run a fever. It can even track blood oxygen levels. All of these sensors can be tracked with the integrated smartphone app.
5. Portable Wheeze Monitor
AirSonea is a unique wheeze monitor that helps asthma patients track their symptoms. The device can be placed close to your neck to retrieve data, which is then sent to your smartphone to record and analyze your breathing patterns. You can choose to send updates to a family member or a doctor, set up alerts to take medication, and get insight into what triggers wheezing.
These five apps are just the tip of the iceberg. As technology and medicine continue their fusion, there is no telling what the future may bring. One thing is sure: technology is helping us better understand our own health, connect in a more personalized way with physicians, and make smarter choices to protect our well-being.
By Lizzie Weakley