The non-profit community health center, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, is now offering hi-tech health services in communities of rural Riverside County.
A digital retinal camera was installed at their Mecca Clinic Friday to help screen patients for eye disease linked with diabetes and other conditions.
The digital images taken by the retinal camera will be sent to optometrists at the University of California, Berkeley via a secure web portal. Results will be returned to physicians at the Mecca Clinic within 48 hours where early signs of eye diseases linked to diabetes can be identified.
This video by Dr. Bertalan Mesko talks about a number of technologies for diabetes management:
Google X lab is developing a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels in tears using a small wireless chip and glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. Professor Sae Kwang Hahn and his colleagues at Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea have made a smart contact lens and eyeglass combination that could be used to monitor diabetes and dispense drugs on-demand. When tear glucose levels rise, the smart contact lens relay this information wirelessly to the eyeglasses, which light up in case of abnormally high sugar levels.
The Tellspec Food Sensor is a handheld device that can scan food at a molecular level. The three-part system–a pocket-sized spectrometer, a cloud-based analysis engine, and a mobile app–work together to scan foods and identify calories, macronutrients, and allergens.
Dario has developed a Smart Meter that lets you test blood glucose levels in seconds, directly on your smartphone. It also has a smartphone app that helps you track, monitor and manage diabetes.
mySugr also has a number of apps to help with diabetes management For example, mySugr Scanner uses an iPhone camera to grab blood glucose values from a variety of existing meters and instantly send blood glucose readings from the meter into mySugr Logbook.