Currently there are thousands of health-related “apps”, from tracking sleep patterns to recording heart rate to logging caloric intake. These apps demonstrate their power in connecting resource-limited communities to healthcare workers, through to proper immediate care.
In this article Doctor Tessaneewan Laksanasopin and colleagues describe a microfluidic-based diagnostic test for HIV and syphilis through and attachment inserted into iPods’ headphone jack. The mobile test comes with and easy-to-use app, flashing test results on-screen in under 15 minutes. The test is based on the standard immunoassay but uses gold-labeled antibodies to detect HIV and syphilis antigens in only 2 ul of whole blood, and then silver reagents to amplify the resulting signal.
The authors deployed the dongle in Rwanda, testing it sensitivity and specificity on 96 patients. Evaluated side by side with the gold standard tests for HIV and syphilis,, the dongle produced results with a sensitivity and specificity needed for making treatment decisions in the field.
In a survey, a vast majority of patients reported satisfaction with the dongle’s performance. After a few next-generation tweaks, including reducing the size of the dongle, the entire diagnostic package is ready for adoption in resource-poor clinics and communities, to improve detection and empower healthcare workers to administer timely and appropriate treatments.
Read Article (Staff | sciencemag.org | 02/04/2015
Many times it’s said that technology is moving too fast, and leaving many individuals behind. But, admittedly, sometimes it seems not to be moving fast enough.
Some individuals function well in the digital era and studies show they enjoy advantages over their non-techie counterparts, now everyone needs to have some tech-savvy skills.
Unfortunately, according to Pew Research 38% of smartphone users are not tech-savvy enough with their device, to take advantage of this information.
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