Truck drivers are now able to access a 30-second health check that focuses on the dangers of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes by utilizing a new smartphone app from Health in Transportation and NuraLogix.
The patent-pending CDL Health Scanner app allows drivers to scan key vitals using either an iPhone or Android device. It is a driver-centric system that relies on the Anura technology to measure blood pressure using transdermal optical imaging delivered via a smartphone camera.
When combined with the user's Body Mass Index data, the risk-factors for hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and even obstructive sleep apnea, the bane of over-the-road truckers, come into clear focus, NuraLogix officials said in a press release.
“Close to 80% of … disqualifications [that result from a Department of Transportation physical] are caused by high [blood pressure], dangerous blood-sugar levels and OSA, and this app not only warns drivers that they are in dangerous territory, it also links them to specialty health coaches who can guide lifestyle changes that will transform their health situation, officials said.
While the CDL Health Scanner app utilizes only a portion of the monitoring capability that NuraLogix is equipped to provide, getting Anura into the hands of hundreds of thousands of professional drivers will generate a wealth of data that can only enhance the Anura platform.