Innovative Telemicroscopy Solution Can Allow City-Based Pathologists to Diagnose Specimens from Remote Regions

Pathologists can Read Blood Samples Remotely and Render Diagnoses

Imagine using a miniaturized light field microscope attached to a mobile phone to support healthcare in remote and developing areas. One pioneering effort in this area won a 2010 Nokia Health Award and demonstrates to pathologists and clinical laboratory managers how innovative new technologies can be used to transform the way medical laboratory testing is performed.

A development team from the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) decided to tackle the challenge of diagnosing disease in the rural areas of developing countries. The challenge is to provide advanced medical services to indigenous populations in remote regions where there is a lack of common medical services and equipment. (more…)