Cloud DX is a startup based in both New York and the Kitchener-Waterloo region that is revolutionizing the healthcare industry with its Vitaliti platform and devices. By placing valuable health metrics directly in the hands of the consumer, the MaRS Discovery District-supported venture could soon change the way doctors diagnose chronic conditions such as obstructive pulmonary disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as acute afflictions such as bladder and ear infections.
Vitaliti consists of a series of StarTrek-inspired wearable devices expertly crafted by the firm Cortex Design. Each of these devices is equipped with various sensors and connects directly to an advanced smartphone app in order to diagnose a total of 19 different diseases -- seven of which are diagnosed based on the sound of the patient's cough alone. In fact, 13 of the health conditions and six of the vital signs that the devices detect are currently part of an entry for the prestigious $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.
Beyond the ability to improve diagnoses, what is particularly revolutionary about the devices is that they can be used at home, giving patients the power to take charge of their own health with a Fitbit-like mentality. As technology gradually changes the face of modern medicine, Vitaliti demonstrates one way of dramatically improving the patient experience.