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Title: Towards a Medical Tricorder: Defining medical conditions for consumer self-care with focus on non-invasive technologies
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Other Authors: Hamper, Andreas
Neitzel, Lucas
Eigner, Isabella
Bodendorf, Freimut
Keywords: Non-Invasive Technologies
Consumer Electronic Technologies
Consumer Electronics
Cardiovascular Diseases
Metabolic Diseases
Infectious Diseases
Electronic Sensor Technologies
Detection Of Medical Conditions
Measurement Of Medical Conditions
Analysis of Medical Conditions
Lifestyle-Related Cardiovascular Diseases
Medical Diagnosis
Monitoring Diseases
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Aug-2017
Conference Name: Americas Conference on Information Systems
Conference Location: Boston, USA
Abstract: Abstract: Health and fitness applications, fitness trackers and wearables show particularly high, sustained demand among private consumers. Highly efficient and cost-effective digital consumer electronic sensor technologies can also be used for medical purposes. Non-invasive technologies offer capabilities in the detection, measurement, and analysis of medical conditions carried out by private consumers. This paper investigates the technological readiness of consumer electronics for the measurement of vital signs, cardiovascular / metabolic and infectious diseases and shows how these technologies can promote self-care of consumers. We propose a 3-dimensional framework which characterizes diseases according to their burden of disease, their potential for self-care and the readiness of enabling technologies in consumer devices. With the evaluation of current technologies we show that a growing number of medical conditions, especially lifestyle-related cardiovascular diseases, can be identified and monitored easily, precisely and non-invasively by consumers. Consumer electronic technologies can no longer be seen only as a complementary element besides professional medical procedures but are increasingly able to provide medical diagnoses and monitor diseases without medical examination. Based on a 3D-self-care framework we propose strategies for three target groups: Consumers should focus on lifestyle-related diseases, healthcare payers should focus on research funding for technologies addressing high burden diseases and technology developers should focus on diseases that can be supported by close-to-market technology.
Type: Conference Paper
Affiliated Organisations: Health Informatics
Appears in Collections:Health Informatics

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