In home use people are already familiar with glucose measurement using a finger prick of blood. Home pregnancy tests are also commonly available. Developments in the pipeline will allow home-based measurement of a much wider range of biomarkers in blood, urine, saliva, sweat and even stool. While some users will be young and active (the so-called “healthy paranoid”), many users will be aged, ill and suffer a range of disabilities. They may use the diagnostic devices, or their home carers will. Data will be uploaded to cloud-based health records systems for expert analysis. WiFi enabled bathroom scales, wrist-worn activity monitors, home motion detectors will gather additional health-related data. What will this suite of home devices look like? How will they fit seamlessly into our daily lives? Research shows that if the users do not “connect” with these new devices, then they will not use them. Will the hub of such a system take the place of old-fashioned entertainment system, or will it be hidden away in the kitchen, bathroom or some other personal space? How will items be kept on charge and cleaned? How will they be used to collect samples in a hygienic, clean and safe way? How can these medical devices be turned into a positive lifestyle statement rather than reinforcing the message that the user is unwell?
To develop a home-use biological sample cartridge that will be used with an in home medical diagnostic system. Taking a sample and introducing it to the cartridge must be as simple and easy to use as possible for the end-user.
To use smart design and clever use of materials to minimise footprint, reduce cost and maximise usability and marketability.
To develop a product line that encompasses a wide array of biomarkers.
To develop attractive, easily storable and safe packaging.
To develop a device which can be readily manufactured with minimal to no fasteners.
To provide a device that is usable by visually impaired, intellectually handicapped, elderly and infirmed individuals.