Imagine a future where you can accurately monitor your health by simply scanning your face with your smartphone.
The concept may sound like science fiction, but it’s very much a reality now. Transdermal Optical Imaging» (TOI), a groundbreaking technology that has the potential to revolutionize health vital monitoring.TOI uses the patterns of blood flow on your face, captured by your smartphone’s camera, to measure vital signs, including blood pressure.
What makes TOI truly remarkable is its ability to go beyond the basics. In just a 30-second video scan, it can assess not only vital signs but also blood biomarker risks and disease risk profiles. This is made possible by capturing the pulse wave created by each heartbeat through reflected light, a departure from traditional methods that use direct light sources.
But how do you turn all this data and waveform analysis into accurate predictions of vital signs and disease risk profiles? Here’s where advanced AI Machine Learning comes into play. These models require access to data from thousands of individuals, allowing them to «learn» patterns that accurately reflect health conditions.
This innovation has the potential to set new standards for device accuracy in blood pressure measurement, with the FDA and industry leaders collaborating to establish accuracy standards for this groundbreaking technology.
The implications of this technology are enormous. It can democratize health literacy, allowing individuals to understand their health risks better. For the nearly 700 million people worldwide with hypertension, many are unaware of their risk. TOI can help address this by making population health screening more accessible and feasible, particularly for those without easy access to healthcare facilities.
In essence, TOI technology offers a promising step toward a future where health assessment is as simple as a smartphone scan, empowering individuals to take control of their health and contribute to achieving global healthcare equality and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3.
Article written by Dr. Keith Thompson|Image by Pexels