April 14, 2012
An online network into which anyone can record their medical data through a wireless phone
Leslie Saxon, founder of the USC Center for Body Computing, wants to record every the heartbeat of every human on the planet. But her vision doesn’t stop there. Saxon wants to create an online network into which anyone can record their medical data through a wireless phone, so users can better understand and control their health and so researchers can follow and identify health trends, some of which may still be unknown. MIT Technology Review reports.
On the final day of TEDMED2012, Saxon announced everyheartbeat.org, the site where she hopes to engender the “Facebook of medicine.” The site will begin with heartbeats, which smart phone owners could measure themselves with add-on accessories or even simply with an app that uses a smart phone’s camera to measure heart rate in a user’s finger. Eventually, users of everyheartbeat.org will be able to add many kinds of health data, from blood pressure to glucose levels to bouts of flu.
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