Lab-in-a-box

Lab-in-a-box

Think about what it was like for a woman, in the 1950s to find out if she was pregnant. It took weeks, a call to the doctor to make an appointment, a trip to see the doctor, a wait in the office, answering questions and filling out forms, urinating in a cup, driving home, waiting while the cup was shipped to a lab, the lab conducted the tests, the test results were sent back to the doctors office, then a phone call, another appointment to see the doctor again, another drive back to the office, waiting (again) to see the doctor, to get the news,  then another trip home, and a plan on how to deliver the news. Not to mention the unfortunate fate of a rabbit.

Today, one can purchase a pregnancy test (and get a second test for free) and in minutes have the pregnancy lab in a box at home. This is not the only example, we can now test hundreds of key performance indicators on the human body because we’ve gotten to a point where we now have entire labs “in boxes”. The explosion of medical and fitness devices that provide us with real-time information about how much we move, what we eat, our heart rhythm, and countless other metrics, has provided a glimpse into a future where human can also be “instrumented” in a manner to provide useful, real-time information about our bodies, both for our selves and our care-givers.

By leveraging this information is a safe, secured, ethical manner, we can achieve the next generation of preventative healthcare for us as individuals, and collectively as a population.

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