Public 'DIY health box’ could be high street life saver
A new high street initiative where commuters can check their own health is being tested on the Warsaw metro.
MediBox, which has been set up by the Warsaw Transport Authority (ZTM), is being billed as a quick and easy way to check basic health indicators without the hassle of a doctor’s appointment.
The white kiosk looks like small room, with screens and intuitive software that guides users through the process and a set of diagnostic tools – a digital electrocardiograph, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, as well as a device for weight and body composition analyses.
All it takes to complete this basic check-up, is to sit inside the MediBox, choose the testing you want and follow the instructions on the screen. For many, it won’t even require a change of their daily commute route.
The device, produced by a Warsaw-based start-up and free of charge, was introduced to promote a healthy lifestyle and the importance of regular check-ups and prevention.
ZTM explained: “Diseases of affluence, such as cardiovascular or respiratory diseases and obesity often cause premature death.
The increase in morbidity is influenced by, among others, smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse, inadequately balanced diet and air pollution.
“According to the results of a World Health Organization study published in ‘The World Health Report’, preventive examinations raises the protection against the diseases of affluence by 70 percent. Their early detection significantly reduces the risk of death or permanent damage to health.”
Users can find basic information regarding their circulatory system (heart rate, blood saturation, respiration frequency), blood pressure and temperature, and perform body composition analysis (BMI and WHR indicators, metabolic age, body fat content, basic metabolism rate, energy demand).
But the Transport Authority point out that the MediBox cannot replace a real doctor – if any of the results show irregularities, it is crucial to see a professional.
The kiosk is open six day a week and will function for a trial period until the end of the year.