Commercial Driver Health App Launched at AutoTech Detroit

An app aimed at commercial drivers claims to offer a speedy health check for high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes suffers.

The app, launched during AutoTech Detroit this week, is developed by Health in Transportation and NuraLogix is called the CDL Health Scanner suitable for iPhone or Android devices. It relies on the Anura technology to measure blood pressure (BP) using transdermal optical imaging delivered via a smartphone camera. When combined with the user’s body mass index (BMI) data, the risk-factors for hypertension, type-2 diabetes and even obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the great risk for over-the-road truckers, can be flagged up.

Developers hope the app will help address the industry’s shortage of around 100,000 drivers by reducing the number of medical disqualifications that result from a Department of Transportation physical examination. Close to 80% of those disqualifications are caused by high BP, dangerous blood-sugar levels and OSA This app claims not only to warns drivers that they are in dangerous territory but also to link them to specialty health coaches who can guide lifestyle changes that will transform their health situation.

Health in Transportation is only able to offer this valuable tool thanks to the breakthrough by the Anura technology. At the same time the partnership with NuraLogix has ensured that this product can be supplied to drivers for only a few cents a day.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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