A Toilet Seat – as a health diagnostic tool.
A toilet seat is in development at Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, which is equipped to measure the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart and can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation levels, and stroke volume.
With millions of new cases of congestive heart failure diagnosed each year, the revolutionary product hopes to make it easier for clinicians to monitor patients in the comfort of their own homes, as well as lower hospital readmission rates.
Algorithms analyse the data and will notify doctors if health parameters deviate from the normal range. A report can then be passed along to a health specialist, which will help determine if intervention is necessary.
As most people will sit on a toilet seat at least once a day, this monitoring tool is a low-cost method of monitoring vital health indicators. Over an extended period of time, this can provide health workers with a sound baseline from which to judge the seriousness of any unexpected variations from an individual’s normal state.
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