Interesting news from Cameroon! According to Africanews, Arthur Zang, a Cameroonian innovator, has won this year’s African engineering award. Zhang’s invention, the so-called “Cardiopad”, is a tablet computer that allows for cardiac test results to be sent directly to heart specialists via mobile phone. The device costs significantly less than conventional cardiac test-devices, which allows for its use in hospitals that operate on scarce financial resources. Obviously, rural areas will benefit from the Cardiopad, since it can bridge large distances, without losing valuable time.
From what I read about the Cardiopad, it sounds like a fascinating invention. The health sector is facing numerous challenges, especially in rural areas. Thus, a device that allows for vital data to be transmitted in no time, provides a lot of potential.
It goes without saying that new challenges often go hand in hand with fascinating innovation. My only concern is the security of the transmitted data. If we send sensible health-data via mobile phone, how can we make sure that there are no security leaks?
What do you think about the Cardiopad, its potential and challenges? Let me know in the comment section!
If you are interested to read more about this new invention, check out these articles on africanews or BBC.