viernes, 8 de julio de 2011

An innovator: Ramesh Raskar, director del equipo en MIT MediaLab que hizo realidad el EyeNetra

Aquí video introductorio

Exploit mobile phones as scientific instruments to provide accessible health diagnostics to underserved areas of the world."

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide unnecessarily suffer from treatable medical illnesses and conditions—especially in developing regions. High cost and low accessibility of care—including diagnostics—are the leading barriers to treatment.

Eye care is an area with a particularly high number of untreated: over half a billion people worldwide suffer from a type of preventable eye impairment. Uncorrected refractive errors (ie nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism), presbyopia (age related eye condition), and cataracts (cloudiness in the eye) result in lost productivity, lost independence, illiteracy and impoverishment on a massive scale.

Current diagnostic systems are large, expensive, disconnected, and difficult to operate. As a result, many people in developing nations go without eye exams and remain unaware that they have a treatable eye condition.

Leveraging the ubiquity and advanced hardware of mobile phones, we are developing and disseminating mobile mates–affordable and easy-to-use mobile phone attachments that allow anyone to measure their eyes and get a recommendation for treatment. Like a thermometer, NETRA aims to empower hundreds of millions in their own homes through patient centric ecosystems that start with diagnosis and awareness, and end with options for quality care."

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