Arthur Zang, copyright @ Agence EcoFin
Arthur Zang is a 24 year old Cameroonian who just came up with the country’s first medical tablet, the CardioPad,
which is aimed at helping diagnose heart patients...
Zang explains that
the tablet will help “enable remote medical exams and the transfer of
those results without the patients travelling to the city where the
heart doctors usually practice”.
The device operates by recording the
patient’s heartbeat, which is a common app feature on most of today’s
smartphones, and based on an integrated heart diseases databases,
transmits the recorded data to the cardiologist who can then diagnose
and prescribe the appropriate medications. Zang wrote a thesis about
capturing heart rate and transmitting it as a student and after studying
electronics at in a Indian university, he created the tablet from
Chinese parts. The tablet he says will be useful in a country where
there is a cardiologist for every 20 million resident. He is currently
looking for investment and backers, as the the table cost 1 million CFA (
$2000 US) to make but is cheaper compared to traditional
electrocardiographs which costs about $5000 US .