Whether the term “DIY” scintillates or sends waves of anxiety through your body, Scanadu Scout is sure to intrigue and excite. A sort of DIY vital-signs health monitor, Scanadu Scout is like a combination of a mind reader and a pocket physician.
Hold the small device to your forehead for about 10 seconds while its built-in sensors measure several vital signs that are key indicators of overall wellness. Just like that, you have the information you need to evaluate your own health—without ever stepping foot in a doctor’s office.
After reading vital signs such as temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation, the device uploads the data to the Scanadu smartphone app via Bluetooth. There, you can store data and monitor test results, which will help you determine when a doctor visit is necessary. Armed with this data, you will be more prepared to discuss potential health problems when you do make an appointment. However, it’s still up to you to take the tests, monitor the results, and follow up with a physician if there’s a potential issue.
Scanadu has plans for complementary health solutions such as Scanaflo—a DIY kit that will test for pregnancy, along with levels of glucose, protein, leukocytes, nitrates, blood, bilirubin, and pH in urine, among other levels. The Scanaflo urine-analysis test (sold separately) integrates with Scanadu’s smartphone app, giving consumers the information they need to better communicate with their doctors about early diagnosis and treatment.