A Tablet that Diagnoses Heart Problems in Rural Africa

Zhang and his CardioPad

Zhang and his CardioPad

Africans are Truly giving the rest of the world a heart-stopping wake up call.
Normally a Large technology Giant such as Apple and Samsung require an Entire workforce to Create just one Tablet, but in Cameroon a Young engineer built one from Scratch single handedly.

Arthur Zang, a 24 year-old Cameroonian engineer, has invented the Cardiopad, a touch screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) to be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the test are transferred wirelessly to Specialists or GP who can interpret them. The device spares patients living in remote areas the trouble of having to travel to urban centers to seek medical examinations.

According to Zang, the Cardiopad is “the first fully touch screen medical tablet made in Cameroon and in Africa.” He believes it is an invention that could save numerous human lives, and says the reliability of the pad device is as high as 97.5%. Zang says he invented the device in order to facilitate the treatment of patients with heart disease across Cameroon and the rest of Africa. So far, several medical tests have been carried out with the Cardiopad which have been validated by the Cameroonian scientific community.

“the tablet is used as a classical electrocardiograph device: electrodes are placed on the patient and connected to a module that, in turn, connects to the tablet. When a medical examination is performed on a patient in a remote village, for example, the results are transmitted from the nurse’s tablet to that of the doctor who then interprets them.”

According to Zang, “software built into the device allows the doctor to give computer assisted diagnosis.”

Cameroon has a population of 20 million people, and due to a Variety of reasons it only has 30 heart surgeons. Majority of the surgeons are concentrated in Douala or Yaoundé, the country’s two most important economic hubs. This severe deficit of medical personnel means that patients with heart Conditions usually have to travel long distances to undergo heart examinations and consult with doctors. Even at that, it is still not easy. On some occasions the few with the money can afford to, make appointments months in advance often land up dying and for the survivors who reach the doctor after long periods, a Poor outcome is expected

.Finally someone has Used apple’s popular concept to enrich the lives of those less fortunate.

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