Sustainable development goals
  • Good health and well-being
  • Industry innovation and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequality
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UNIMA developed a fast and low-cost device which uses a diagnostic and disease surveillance technology which allows doctors, nurses and healthcare workers to diagnose disease directly at the point of care, however remote it is, in less than 15 minutes, without the use of any laboratory equipment and at a very low cost.

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Current diagnostic technologies require laboratories and highly specialized and costly personnel which are not accessible to emerging and developing countries, limiting the universal access to health. Employing Machine Learning Platforms, Image Recognition and Neural Networks, the project aims at increasing the access to a timely diagnosis for people living in emerging and developing countries.

The device works in three simple steps: 1) Take a drop of blood; 2) Place the drop of blood on a diagnostic paper device; 3) Take a picture of the device with smartphone application. The service consists in diagnosing diseases directly where the patient is, without using laboratory equipment, with results in 15 minutes at a cost of US$ 1 per test. With this technology, UNIMA seeks to solve the problem of timely access to health services.