Full waiting rooms, packed A&E departments, overworked doctors – for patients and medical staff alike, the road to good health can now seem long and arduous. And while nothing can replace professional treatment and care, why shouldn’t we provide doctors with aids to support them in their work? For example, by making diagnosis of health problems available to everyone. The key idea is that the simpler the method, the easier it is for patients to carry out tests themselves, the earlier the diagnosis is made and the more effective medical care is likely to be. Above all, it saves doctors time they can devote to personal care and treatment.
Beta-Bioled is a pocket blood tester that shares its results via a smartphone app, enabling people to make a pre-diagnosis at home. Designed by a company called Archimej Technology, the invention can analyze bio markers to indicate the condition of the heart, liver and kidneys in real time, anywhere, using just a single drop of blood. Neuronaute is an outfit comprising a smart hat and T-shirt designed to monitor the health of epilepsy sufferers. The connected items of clothing – another trend in the second EDF Pulse awards – perform electro-physiological tests and store the data they collect in the cloud, also via smartphone. The advantage of this system is that it carries out accurate monitoring over the course of several weeks to refine its medical analysis while the patient remains at home.
Melody is the world’s first robot that can carry out ultrasounds remotely, so it also promises a solution for so-called “medical deserts” where access to care is limited. Radiologists can operate its robotic arm remotely and also talk to the patient via videoconference. This could certainly mark the dawn of a new era for country hospitals, nursing homes and medical practices in remote areas.
Time is often precious to cancer patients. The sooner the diagnosis is made, the higher the chances of remission. Damae, a system to ensure skin cancer is detected in time, aims to replace long, costly and invasive biopsy examinations with simple detection on contact with the skin. The imaging technology visualizes living tissue at depths of up to one millimetre, saving dermatologists a significant amount of time. Doctors are always racing against the clock, and in future they will also be able to rely on Fluodiagnosis, an incredibly simple method for detecting cancerous cells in the bladder. The method, which is also non-invasive, simply involves scanning a urine sample from the patient using fluorescence.
Surely no strangers to the fact that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, the Pulse candidates are also using their heads to treat the heart. One of their inventions, CardioPAD Pro, is an easily transportable electrocardiograph that can monitor heart rate in anywhere, at any time. As well as electrodes, the pack comes with a connected tablet that serves as a guide for the doctor or patient at every step, a display on which to view and analyze the charts, and also an outbox to send the data it collects to an online platform. It enables even isolated patients to stay under the specialist care of a cardiologist. Finally, Cardiologs is a tool designed to help GPs diagnose heart problems, even though this falls outside of their area of expertise. Developed by a start-up, CardioLogs Technologie, it can detect around 100 conditions using a database of ECGs it has already analyzed. These inventions will help get to the heart of the matter, no matter what the problem.
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