This could provide a really positive outcome for those who don't like visiting doctors.
There is no suggestion that these kiosks replace the need to see a doctor but I think it could be an excellent first step for people who, for whatever reason are uncomfortable visiting a doctor.
I think this is an excellent use of technology and I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the proposed field tests.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are developing a kiosk that can capture a patient's medical history, blood pressure, pulse, weight and other vital signs. It can also perform blood tests for glucose and cholesterol with results then sent to your provider. A message is sent back to you either by text or email advising the next course of action. Information might include whether prescribed medications are working for you right through to the requirement for further in depth exams if required.
Looking under the hood so to speak you will find the kiosk consists of a computer with peripherals including a blood-pressure cuff, a scale, a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen levels, and a peak-flow meter to determine whether someone's airways are constricted. Blood testing devices commonly used in emergency rooms that can measure cholesterol and glucose levels are also installed.
The kiosk is due to begin field testing in the UK in June and physicians hope it will one day bring relief to an overburdened healthcare system.
Read the full article at Technology Review
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