This is an issued patent. It is related to a Theranos / Stanford / Walgreen project currently on going.
U.S. Patent No. 8,380,541 Priority date 9/26/2011 Issued February 13, 2013
A sample claim is:
- A method of evaluating a biological sample collected from a subject, said method comprising:
(a) receiving data transmitted from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-compliant device placed in or on the subject or at a site selected from the group consisting of a retailer site, the subject's home, or a health assessment/treatment location, wherein the device is configured to process the biological sample by:
(i) receiving the biological sample;
(ii) preparing the biological sample and yielding raw data for a subsequent qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation of said biological sample; and
(iii) transmitting electronically the raw data to an authorized analytical facility and/or an affiliate thereof for performance of said subsequent evaluation;
(b) analyzing the raw data transmitted from the device at the authorized analytical facility and/or the affiliate thereof, to provide said evaluation of said biological sample, wherein said analysis is performed using a processor alone or in conjunction with an individual affiliated with the authorized analytical facility; and
(c) providing oversight of integrity of said analysis and operation of said CLIA-compliant device such that results generated from said analysis can be utilized by a health care professional for diagnosis or treatment of said subject, wherein the oversight is performed using a processor alone or in conjunction with an individual affiliated with the authorized analytical facility, and wherein the authorized analytical facility is a CLIA-compliant laboratory.
Can you find anything closer than:
Lee et al., A simle and Smart Telemedicine Device for Developing Regions: a pocket size colorimetric reader, Lab on a Chip, issue 1, 2011. (First published 11/26/2010)
“We have proposed a novel mobile healthcare platform, combining a pocket-sized colorimetric reader (13.5 × 6.5 × 2.5 cm3) and commercially available 10-parameter urinalysis paper strips (glucose, protein, glucose, bilirubin, urobilinogen, ketones, nitrite, pH, specific gravity, erythrocytes, and leukocytes), capable of sending data with a smart phone. The reader includes a novel colorimetric multi-detection module, which consists of three-chromatic light-emitting diodes, silicon photodiodes and a novel poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) optical splitter. We employed data reading methods using conversions of the signal data (red, blue, and green) to the hue (H) color map or the Y model data, and used a curve-fitting method for the quantification. The reader is battery-powered, inexpensive, light-weight, and very speedy in analysis. And, it was applied to detection of a thousand of human urine samples and demonstrated reliable quantification of urinary glucose and protein. The features can be used by unskilled people on-site to transfer the analyzed data to experts off-site.”