An article in this week's 'The Scientist' magazine caught my attention.
Opinion: Health Booth 2020
Using a SMART card containing your genetic information and medical history, you could one day soon be diagnosed and treated for all kinds of diseases at an ATM-style kiosk.
By Pushkar N. Kaul | February 4, 2013
Here's an extract:
Imagine this scenario. A passenger (Mr. P) riding in a car suddenly starts feeling unusual symptoms. He stops at the next health booth (HB)—an ATM-like machine for patient health checkups. As he enters the HB, the patient is asked, “How may we help you?” He verbally describes the symptoms and inserts his H-SMART card, uploading his personal health data. The patient is asked to insert a finger into a slot for a quick blood draw. In a few minutes, the system will analyze various biomarkers in the blood, and display them along with the normal ranges, highlighting any abnormal values. Finally, the computer displays the diagnosis, and may even offer medication via an automated pharmacy in the booth.
Data privacy will be ensured by the continually improving encryption technologies used in banking and commercial transactions. The booths will be manned by a new breed of physician who will be trained as both a computer technologist and a health care professional, and will evolve with time to include additional radio-diagnostic tools and robotic surgical set ups.
Read the full article here:
Picture is actually of a 'Cup Cake ATM' which is apparently in the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow.