A simple telemedicine system that incorporates cheap cell phone cameras is being developed by researchers in the United States and Brazil, according to an article in the May 15 issue of the American Chemical Society’s journal, Analytical Chemistry. The goal is to capture medical data, including lab test results, which are transmitted via cell phones to physicians and other medical experts for analysis and diagnosis.
MORE ON: Cell Phones Aid Diagnostics
Researchers in Brazil designed a prototype that combines cell phone cameras with paper-based diagnostic tests that change color when exposed to disease markers. In the study, paper test-strips reacted in contact with artificial urine samples, allowing researchers to identify diseases. Using a cell phone camera, the scientists took pictures of the color-changing test-strips and transmitted them remotely to an off-site expert. The expert accurately measured glucose and protein levels from the test-strip images. Researchers noted that similar tests can be conducted on other body fluids, including teardrops and saliva.
RFID TO TRACK LAB SPECIMENS
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Surgeon General has asked Shipcom Wireless, Inc., of Houston, Texas, to review the use of RFID technology in Air Force medical facilities. Shipcom also will install RFID systems at the Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, for tracking laboratory specimens, medications, and possibly patients. Currently, the USAF uses RFID for asset tracking.
- Lakewood Pathology Associates, of Lakewood, New Jersey, appointed David Pauluzzi as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. Pauluzzi has held executive positions in finance, marketing, operations, and sales for such lab companies as Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, US LABS, Ventana Medical Systems, and the diagnostics division of Abbott Laboratories.
- Donal Quinn was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, a division of the Siemens Healthcare Sector in Erlangen, Germany. Since 2007, Quinn has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of the Diagnostics division. Quinn also held a number of executive positions at Dade Behring prior to its acquisition by Siemens in 2007.
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