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‘Smart Band-Aid’ Wearable Tech a ‘Game Changer’ in the Fight Against Ebola

This weekend at a SXSW tech gathering, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) showed off two new innovations that could soon be used to help patients in West Africa suffering from the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands. Along with a new biomedical suit from Johns Hopkins—which offers a safer and easier way for health care workers to treat Ebola patients—USAID revealed their new “smart Band-Aid” device. With the MultiSense Memory patch, which connects to a patient like a Band-Aid, doctors can measure all of a patient’s essential vital signs, around the clock, for days. USAID Center for Accelerating Innovation’s Wendy Taylor explained that the new technology is relatively cheap (about $100 per patch) and could be a “game changer” in the fight against the Ebola outbreak …

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