Keep Your Epilepsy Secret with This Sticky Medical Device
Epilepsy is the next health condition being addressed with data gathering medical device app technology. Seattle based design studio, Artefact, just completed Dialog, "a concept to help people with epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care".
Commonly treated with drugs, epilepsy affects over 3 million people in the US alone. Not as many as Asthma (25 million people), or Diabetes (26 million people), but more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's combined with 50,000 people dying from epilepsy causes each year.
Folks at Artefact found the current solutions too mono-functional, or cumbersome, so using the latest in miniature biometric sensors and low energy draw energy displays, they designed a beautiful product for epilepsy sufferers to learn about their condition, to be prepared for a seizure, to remember to take their medications, to get support from family and to collaborate better with doctors.
Conscious that some epilepsy sufferers would rather not advertise their condition to the world, the designers have made it possible to wear the hardware component in many different configurations, including adhered to your belly.
Although the form and function seems spot on, there's one slight problem: Dialog is just a concept, and although they claim it will be feasible to manufacture it in a year or two, with FDA approval, that 2 years could be a lot longer.
The lesson here? Sometimes it's easy to design what we SHOULD have in life, but a lot harder to make those dreams a reality.
In the meantime, some mono-functional applications will have to do: the JustShakeIt App can help in case of emergency, and the AdhereTech pill bottle can remind you not to forget your meds. Any other suggestions of apps you use to help you to manage your epilepsy?