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Health info tattoo wins Intel Make It Wearable award

•, By Stu Robarts
 Flament, based in the US, was also a finalist in the first round of the competition with his Peltier Jacket. The jacket was proposed as a means of charging mobile devices using heat from the human body converted into electricity.
Med. History 2.0 suggests using "an RFID of sorts" that is printed into our skin and is viewable only under black light. The tattoo would contain information such as our our blood type, medical problems and history, prescriptions and prior surgeries. It would also be constantly updated with data about what prescriptions have been taken and what has been eaten that day. This ability to monitor the health of individuals via a tattoo is similar to the previously featured graphene tooth sensor or the University of California developed metabolic monitoring tattoo.
Immediate access to all this information by medical professionals in case of, say, an accident or health problem would ensure that the best possible treatment could be provided and would minimize the risk of blood transfusions errors, allergic reactions to medication or dangerous reactions to drugs.

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