Malaria is a killer disease, we all know. Millions of people die from it each year. Most cases of death caused by malaria could have been prevented if detected and treated earlier.
You can now detect malaria cases on your iPhone with the help of a new app. xRapid, a London-based startup has created a mobile health solution that provides automatic diagnosis of malaria via an iPhone app.
The new malaria detection solution is a product of the collaboration between xRapid and Digicape in bid to expand its solution set in the health market.
By using Digital Imaging (DI) technology and Artificial Intelligence (A.I), xRapid developed, what according to the company, is a platform that can diagnose diseases such as Malaria and Tuberculosis faster, cheaper and more accurately than conventional methods.
The App, which is the first of it’s kind on the iPhone uses the digital imaging technology with an algorithm to diagnose the disease from a magnified image of a blood slide shown through the microscope. Once the test is concluded the diagnostic report is immediately available for patient education and care to begin and to share with global organizations involved in disease management.
The xRapid solution pack includes an iPhone, the xRapid mobile app and an attachment system that works on both compound and field microscopes.
The company says the test equipment and technology can withstand harsh climates and hot temperatures, making it an ideal choice for healthcare professionals and aid workers in remote areas with limited resources.
Robin Olivier, Managing Director of Digicape, says “We need healthcare solutions in Africa that are designed with the continent’s people and circumstances in mind”. And xRapid will help achieve the World Health Organization strategic goals against malaria.
He further urged African governments and private healthcare institutions and practitioners to consider xRapid as their diagnostic tool of choice for malaria on the continent.
xRapid solution can be obtained through Digicape, is an Apple online store which also offers expert advice and technical support for all Apple products in Cape Tow, South Africa.