The Star Trek Tricorder is a device most never thought possible. A medial tracker that produces health readouts simply by physical contact with a subject is a device that seems over simplified. Why have one device for blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate when patients could drive to the doctor to find out that they have a common cold?
In truth, it seems modern doctors waste a lot of time taking temperatures and strapping on a blood pressure cuff. Well, after a small issue involving a “researcher” that took a cool $25 million from initial investors, the Scanadu Scout finally has an initial prototype being sent out to trail patients. After being placed on the forehead of an individual this device provides basic medical info which can then be uploaded to any database, including that of a physician.
The implications of the Scanadu Scout seem to indicate that this device could revolutionize medicine. The satellite uplink of medical data to physicians could enable doctors to diagnosis patients quickly and more easily. More importantly, this could offer individuals that do not have regular access to care, either through financial or geographic issues, could receive care from top professionals.
I specifically remember watching an episode of House in which Gregory House M.D. diagnosed a woman at the south pole via Skype. It seems that this is a reasonable process, within reason, that could provide people with a chance at better, more equal care. In my mind, the Scanadu Scout is the first step in this process.