This is one really substantive bit of news that is worth carrying. In a world of cheap China knock-off tablets that are simply re-branded for startups, here is a real work of innovation, a medical tablet.
Arthur Zang, a 24-year-old Cameroonian engineer, has built the CardioPad, the first fully touchscreen medical tablet that can perform tests such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) and transmit results wirelessly. Software built into the device allow the doctor to give computer assisted diagnosis.
Think of the costs and size of standard ECG machines, and it is easy to see how this invention can be a great plus to healthcare here in Africa.
Here is an excerpt from news sources:
“The Cardiopad will cut down the cost of examination. We intend to sell the device for 1500 euros, while the current price for an electrocardiograph device is 3800 euros. If hospitals purchase the device at a low price, they will be able to lower the prices of medical examinations”, Arthur Zang hopes.
However, there is still the issue of energy, as many of the country’s remote regions do not have access to electricity. “The Cardiopad is equipped with a battery that can independently power the machine for more than seven hours”, the engineer assures.
Our doctors here on Mobility blog can appreciate in more details the value of this medical tablet. Comments are welcome!