Bioengineer Samuel Sia Determining sexually transmitted diseases or prostate cancer may be just made simple. Samuel Sia an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University has designed the handheld device, mChip that possibly uses a microchip for testing illnesses like sexually transmitted diseases or prostate cancer. The test apparently requires only one drop of blood and produces results within 12 to 15 minutes.

The mChip equipped with the device similar to a computer chip has been tested in Rwanda for the past four years. The device seemingly aims expecting mothers who are unable to undergo tests of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases because of remote location. Wide availability of this handheld device can possibly allow early identification of various ailments.

This credit card-sized device apparently producing blood-based diagnostic results within minutes can benefit innumerable people. Further efforts will be made to assure accurate and timely action taken for fighting the diseases indicated by the mChip. The device may be capable of being integrated by a mobile communications component. So patients with electronic health records can be supposedly provided with test results through a cell phone chip or satellite.