Geomedicine: Rescue Inhaler topped with a GPS Sensor: Creating a new Paradigm for Doctors and Patients

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Hi folks, really I have been latent here for a while now, I crave your indulgence, been out of seat. Sure my geoawesome team has been great in keeping you constantly abreast of the latest developments in our geo-world.

Here is an awesome one, GPS-enabled Rescue Inhaler now helps doctors to quickly locate Asthmatic attacks. Each puff of a patient on the inhaler maps the location of the user.

Epidemiologist David Van Sickle came up with this awesome invention after many years of frustration in trying to determine precise trigger of an individual asthma attacks.

”Such a device, Van Sickle thought, would give doctors data about when and where attacks occurred, helping them figure out possible environmental causes and allowing them to plan treatment accordingly”.

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This is one of the out-shoots of the evolving field of geomedicine which uses geospatial technologies to correlate environmental conditions with health risks. Locational data integrated into a patient’s medical history gives doctors and researchers more insight to precise diagnoses and treatments. In other words, ”Place should be a vital sign”.

Etisalat Telecom subscribers in Nigeria receive alerts of possible poliomyelitis attacks depending on the subscribers locations. Geomedicine and Geodiagnosis evolving swiftly and giving more meaning to the stories we tell about GIS and Health.

Source:washingtonpost.com

I am just a GeoGeek deeply engulfed in everything Geo. A Geospatial Technology consultant that gets pretty awesome when it concerns geospatial techs. A great ambassador of Spatial Thinking in Africa. “Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” - Carl Sagan