According to NASA, the two-step technology is currently unique in space and may make it easier for astronauts and the medical professionals who care for them to access medical information.
The extraction of medical samples in low Earth orbit might be used for upcoming moon and Mars expeditions. Eugene Chan, the device’s creator, stated in a NASA statement on Sept. 7 that astronauts could use rHEALTH to perform a full self-diagnosis without technical training. “They only need a drop of blood, saliva, or urine to put into the reader and within minutes they have the results of a range of crucial health indicators,” he added. The technology is in its early phases, hence its effectiveness is uncertain. However, during Expedition 67, now continuing on the International Space Station, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency tested the gadget over the course of two days. The research team will review the results to determine the next step.