the quantified self movement and how microsampling fits in
With the rapid introduction of self-tracking technology, individuals can monitor their physiological metrics in real-time. The capability allows us to keep within specific rates of exertion and anticipate when something may be going awry. In many cases, medical professionals can track patients remotely to determine current status, progress, or setbacks and make educated clinical decisions.
Quantified self-tracking encompasses wearable mobile apps, watches, and sensors that collect personal data to help people and medical professionals monitor nearly every aspect of an individual’s health.
What Can These Devices Do?
With these medical tracking devices, individuals can keep track of their caloric consumption, heartbeat, blood pressure, sleep cycles, blood oxygen levels, body fat, and water intake. The devices can track conditions over extended periods of time rather than the single snapshot taken at the doctor’s office.
Creating ongoing sensitivity to real-time variations in physiological characteristics and body chemistry is only half the challenge. The next step is to take a deeper look. Whether the patient is undergoing continual monitoring or moves about with self-movement quantifiers as precautionary warning devices, medical professionals can request more information about the patient’s condition through self-administered blood sampling procedures.
Patients may utilize self-administered VAMS® (Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling) technology to draw a 10-20 µl (microliter) blood sample from a single finger prick. The microsampling device does not require refrigeration and may be immediately sent by normal post or courier to a designated lab for analysis.
The combined benefits of quantified self-movement and blood microsampling can anticipate oncoming conditions before they become more serious. People with certain conditions can live normal lives away from conventional medical testing while traveling, exercising, and working.
The emergence of remote data and sampling capabilities will inevitably change the way healthcare will be managed.
Benefits of Remote Microsampling
Self-administered blood microsampling adds mobility to individual lives much like quantified self-movement devices do. Patients whose conditions require frequent blood sampling and analyses can submit samples safely and easily without having to make frequent trips to the clinic.
Much like self-movement monitoring, microsampling eliminates the time and cost of in-person visits and allows patients to live normal lives. Extensive (and expensive) panels of clinical testing will become less necessary as data collected over time from remote devices will provide doctors with much of the information needed for diagnoses.