I know @Nicholas and I have discussed a few health quantification ideas, and came across this today. wanted somewhere to post it, so figured I’d put it here and get a feel for the general ik interest in this sort of thing . http://m.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=87119&promo=Tested-Best&catid=62
See also my EEG/emg post.
You asked me about DIY health stuff a while back, and I said no. Then I thought about it.
What I am mostly interested in is not the simple blood pressure stuff. More blood levels of nutrients, gut flora, endocrine/hormone levels, etc. So I have been considering getting some blood tests done, as well as genetics, there is www.23andme.com
@Bradley-Maker I would stay away from 23 and me. Word is they sell your data to insurance companies. Maybe we should come up with a home DNA kit?
Thanks for the tip @tinfoilknight . I hadn’t considered it too seriously. Now I’m not considering that at all…
I have looked into 23 and me in the past and they do not sell information. However in Canada there is nothing stopping an insurance company from asking if you had a test and what was on it. Not disclosing this would breach your contract and potentially nullify insurance. 23 and me has actively lobbied for laws to protect people from this. I would also be concerned about a data breach, but they seem to have a better infosec history than health Canada.
Blood testing (and maybe dna sequencing) are things we could do as a group while reducing/eliminating privacy concerns…
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I worked in emergency medicine as a Respiratory therapist experienced with many medical testing procedures mentioned and servicing the biomedical devices, and more recently coordinating clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies. I wish i had met all of the makers when this 10 million dollar prize was offered up! The engineers and programmers that I knew at the time did not have out of the box thinking.
All of this technology exists in isolation, the trick is to make it available to everyone. i believe that with some ingenuity a smart phone could be made to test nearly every parameter with patient uptake via USB or headphone jack. i anticipate that the finalist devices will be proprietary, or owned, thus not affordable.
The Taiwan team seems to be doing my idea using existing sensors.
I also envision a walk in booth with patient interface available at pharmacies that could run rapid diagnostics and MRI being normal in the not so distant future.