Just one look, that’s all it took–Doris Payne, Gregory Carroll 1963 (covered by the Hollies, the Searchers, Linda Ronstadt…..)Healthcare professionals whether primary care/GP, psychiatrist or nurse, pride themselves on being able to make initial health assessments within seconds based on the patient’s physical appearance, manner and posture. It was only a matter of time before digital health aspired to ‘read’ the emotional or physical state remotely and deliver it as part of a virtual consult.
Boston-based emotional recognition software Affectiva has been around for awhile; it reads facial cues and claims it has the largest emotional data repository of over 2 million facial videos and 11 bn data points. It was developed for advertising research (backed by ad giant WPP) and now is moving into telemedicine. MedCityNews.
Compared to WizeMirror, that’s just surface. The mirror’s 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors are able to look for stress or anxiety, over time look for weight gain or loss, evaluate skin tone, facial expressions, breath (for smoking and alcohol) plus monitor heart rate and hemoglobin levels. Originating at the National Research Council of Italy, it is being developed by a consortium from seven EU countries, SEMEOTICONS EU. Clinical trials will start next year at three sites in France and Italy. The mirror produces a score that tells the user how healthy they seem and personalized advice on improving health. New Scientist, MedCityNews, Daily Mail
However, standalone tech stands pretty much alone against a tide of partnerships. How they will integrate not only with telemedicine but also with telehealth, which could use this in mental health and pain management, isn’t addressed.
(Graphic: Daily Mail)