3 Futuristic Health Sensors That Could Save Lives
Entrepreneurs at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego on Wednesday showed off what they believe is the solution to lowering medical costs and bringing better care to the developing world.
They demonstrated a range of devices: a mobile ultrasound machine, a handheld air sensor, and a patient identification necklace. That technology all shared some commonalities including low-cost sensors, wireless connections, and data stored in the cloud.
The devices are intended to be low cost enough that they could be available to patients in the developing world like China, India, and Africa. They may also signal the possible future in more developed countries for more distributed and personalized medicine.
Handheld Ultrasound: Qualcomm director Angela Baker and Trice Imaging’s CEO Åsa Nordgren showed off a mobile ultrasound machine and program that has been helping prevent problems for pregnant women in Morocco.
Three hundred thousand women die annually from avoidable pregnancy problems, said Baker and Nordgren. The duo’s “Mobile Ultrasound Patrol” gave provided ultrasound examinations to hundreds of women in small rural Moroccan clinics and were able to reduce the cost of an ultrasound from $80 to $2 per patient.