Tech Talk: 'Smart skin’ UV detector

In this week’s Tech Talk, we take a look at 'smart skin' technology, new travel medicine software for GPs and plans for the expansion of eHealth in rural NSW.

'Smart skin’ UV detector
Dubbed 'smart skin’ technology, Australian researchers are confident that a new material containing fine layers of zinc oxide will soon alert wearers to harmful levels of pollution and UV radiation.

Developed by a team at RMIT, the technology involves users wearing stretchy electronic sensors that have the ability to sense gases such as hydrogen and nitrogen dioxide, as well as UV exposure.

Researcher Dr Madhu Bhaskaran (pictured, with the material) says the technology — to be integrated with smart watches and other digital devices — is expected to be available to the public in the next five years. “The UV sensors can play a vital role in preventing skin cancer by warning people when the UV index is high and UV exposure has exceeded a safe level,” Dr Bhaskaran says.

Travel medicine online
A new web-based resource has been launched by Rover TravelScript to give GPs access to up-to-date travel medicine information on almost 230 countries. The software allows GPs to produce a comprehensive travel report of required vaccinations and medications for patients even when they are visiting numerous countries. “Our software will standardise travel medicine recommendations, avoiding the hit-and-miss situation that often exists in primary care,” Dr Christine Colson, from Rover TravelScript, says.

More cash for eHealth
Five million dollars has been allocated in this year’s NSW state budget to expand the eHealth network capacity in rural local health districts. The NSW Government aims to roll out an extra 100 telehealth sites across the state over the next five years.

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Photo: RMIT University