Mobile devices, new diagnostics methods and related cloud services have evolved significantly in the past 10 years, as have the different applications they can be used for. Today we enjoy a growing number of healthcare related applications, and new mobile diagnostics solutions appear on the market all the time. We expect the future of healthcare to be even more mobile, as the pressure to develop more cost effective solutions for preventive healthcare and early detection increases all over the world.
“Mobile” is becoming the dominant means to access internet and digital services
The number of feature rich smartphones and their users in the world has been steadily growing for the past decade. According to Statista, in 2021 there were over 4 billion internet users and over six billion mobile phone users. And of the 4 billion internet users 92 percent accessed the internet through mobile devices. In many market areas and especially in developing economies, mobile phones are the only devices used to access the internet and other digital services.
In recent years mobile phones have developed into even more dedicated personal devices with several integrated sensor technologies, like the fingerprint sensor and facial recognition. In most countries these developments have enabled mobile phones to become the basis for strong authentication and security. Today mobile devices are the platform for, for example, online banking, and accessing critical health records or even your tax statements, which gives an idea about their high data security and integrity.
Combining the improved security with the cost effectiveness of mobile processes, healthcare providers are offering more mobile access to their patients, and medical companies eagerly look for different types of mobile solutions to add to their services.
From accessing patient services to point-of-care solutions
Mobile solutions often remove obstacles and make processes quicker, in addition to being more accessible and easy to use. They also allow the use of instant measurement data and cloud-based processing. In combination with modern data analytics mobile solutions can provide accurate results within minutes.
Not only do devices like smart watches or sports applications help their users monitor their physical fitness, recovery or sleeping habits, but they can also help in managing chronic conditions or illnesses. For example, there are several mobile applications that help diabetes patients monitor and keep track of their blood sugar levels and give reports based on the data entered. And what’s more, during the COVID-19 pandemic, smartphone services like remote doctor’s consultations, chats, COVID-19 tracking applications and other online services have taken on a bigger role than before.
Medical devices that can be connected to mobile devices are also becoming more common. Personal EKG monitors, ultrasound devices and even PCR readers that can be connected to a smartphone are already on the market. So, what could be the next step?
Aqsens Health’s AQ MOBI
As mobile technology keeps advancing, it is possible that applications in health care keep multiplying. Aqsens Health’s future also includes a smartphone-based mobile solution that would enable preventive healthcare and cost-effective screening both in developed and developing economies.
Our mobile analysis platform, AQ MOBI, offers full mobility for the analysis of biological samples and disease indicators present in the samples. The platform consists of a smartphone, a smartphone stand, the AQH analysis application, and a test kit with reagents.
The AQH application measures and analyses the color reactions in the samples after the reagents are added. The change in sample color stems from Aqsens Health’s use of bacteriophages as biosensors. The reaction takes only a couple of minutes to appear, after which the application will be able to tell whether or not further medical testing is needed. The platform’s full mobility makes it possible to use it in remote, resource-poor areas, where access to laboratories and equipment is limited.
Quick, low cost and reliable point-of-care testing is necessary in combating high-impact diseases like cancer, as well as managing ever more widely spread diseases like malaria. We are excited about AQ MOBI’s potential in furthering early detection and helping in bringing screening services more easily available to everyone.