Your smartphone camera can be used for more than just taking vacation snaps thanks to the attached mobile computing power. A product from Healthy.io, an Israeli company, is a prime example. Dip.io uses a smartphone and a dipstick to conduct urine tests that can detect ten indicators of complications related to disease, infection, and pregnancy.
The system is user-friendly and very simple. You capture a dipstick photo against a color and the rest is done by Dip.io. The app uses machine learning to correct the image in color, taking into account camera making and modeling, lighting conditions and a variety of additional variables. An instant analysis is then performed by the app.
Dip.io was able to match the accuracy of professional laboratories in clinical trials conducted in the process of receiving FDA approval. This is achieved at a considerably lower cost and less patient inconvenience as the system eliminates the need for physician and laboratory referrals visits. It also ends the waiting time for the results.
Dip.io Could Lead to Early Detection of Diseases
System makers say this could encourage more patients to undertake regular screenings that could save dialysis or even transplantation by early detection of signs of kidney problems.
According to a York Health Economics Consortium analysis, the new technology alone in the United Kingdom could lead to early diagnosis of more than 33,000 cases over five years and estimated savings of more than £670 million ($867 million). Healthy.io is currently running a pilot program with pharmacist Boots UK. Women suspecting urinary tract infections may use the system to test themselves and receive treatment from a pharmacist without seeing a doctor or visiting a laboratory. It is expected the pilot’s results will be announced in May.
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