Frequently Asked Questions
Last update: December 10, 2019.
What are Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups?
All Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups are Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms based on Deep Learning (DL) that compute several analytical parameters obtained from a simple blood, urine and/or stool test, that are based in below listed medical guidelines.
Besides, algorithms generate a complete report based on Natural Language Processing (NLP), easy to understand and with recommendations on all the disorders detected.
For whom are they intended?
Although there is no consensus worldwide ―and the recommendations may vary between different countries―, worldwide experts in preventive medicine recommend, in general, to perform a medical checkup every 2 or 3 years in order to detect any significant disorder that could be the beginning of a subsequent disease. In addition, starting at age 50, the recommendations states to a medical checkup once a year.
Which body systems and functions are checked?
CxPREVENTIVE Plus: hematologic system; coagulatory function; cardiovascular system; glucose metabolism; uric acid metabolism; vitamin B12 function; vitamin D function; thyroid function; parathyroid function; liver function; renal function; prostate function (only men); and fecal occult blood.
CxPREVENTIVE Advanced: hematologic system; coagulatory function; cardiovascular system; glucose metabolism; uric acid metabolism; vitamin B12 function; vitamin D function; thyroid function; parathyroid function; liver function; renal function; and prostate function (only men).
CxPREVENTIVE One: hematologic system; cardiovascular system; glucose metabolism; uric acid metabolism; vitamin B12 function; thyroid function; liver function; renal function; and prostate function (only men).
What differentiates Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups from the rest of the market test?
The main asset in our checkups is the Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that analyse all patient data in the blink of an eye and that output all the results in a full-color comprehensive report.
Besides, since our Mission statement is “To improve clinical outcomes and quality of life for disease, by developing innovative, accurate, and cost-effective diagnostics solutions”, our prices are also very competitive.
Regulatory and certifications
Who have certified or validated Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups?
Besides the Medical Board of the company, integrated by only MD and PhD members, we also have developed several trials with hundreds of patients to check all Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups outcomes.
What is the medical background of Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups?
All Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups are based on next medical guidelines: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA); American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE); American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES); American College of Cardiology (ACC); American College of Physicians (ACP); American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM); American College of Rheumatology (ACR); American Geriatrics Society (AGS); American Heart Association (AHA); American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines (AHA); American Pharmacists Association (APhA); American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC); American Society of Hematology (ASH); American Society of Hypertension (ASH); American Thyroid Association (ATA); Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB); Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC); Atherogenic Coefficient (AC)and Atherogenic Index of Plasma (AIP) by Dobiásová M et al.; British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR);British Society for Rheumatology (BSR); Castelli Risk Index -I (CRI-I) and Castelli Risk Index -II (CRI-II)by Castelli WP et al.; Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology (CKD-EPI); European Hematology Association (EHA); European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR); European Thyroid Association (ETA); Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE); International Council for Standardization in Hematology (ICSH); International Society for Laboratory Hematology (ISLH); Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Guidelines; Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) Study; National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); National Kidney Foundation (NKF); National Medical Association (NMA); Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults; Program Update Preventive Activities and Health Promotion (PAPPS); Spanish Association of Medical Biopathology (AEBM); Spanish Society for Rheumatology (SER); Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN); Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC); Spanish Society of Hematology (SEHH); The Obesity Society (TOS); Triglycerides/Cholesterol HDL Index by Gaziano JM et al.; Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)/Roche Chair of Diagnosis and Innovation; and World Health Organization (WHO).
Do Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups comply with any of the Harmonized Standars?
All Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups comply next Harmonized Standards: EN 62304:2007; CORR:2009. Medical device software – Software life-cycle processes; EN 62366:2009. Medical devices – Part 1: Application of usability engineering to medical devices; EN 1041:2009. Information supplied by the manufacturer of medical devices; and EN 980:2008. Symbols for use in the labelling of medical devices.
Are Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups already registered according medical directives?
Yes, all Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups are already validated and registered in Europe as Class I, Rule 12, according to Annex VII of Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC. Besides, all Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups already have Health Canada waiver.
Ordering and purchase
Do I have to request Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups through a doctor or can I do it on my own?
In some countries (as well as in some US States), it is required a doctor request. However, an independent physician from an external network can receive and use your information to review your eligibility and order testing on your behalf.
Please note there could be extra fees for this service according to your country.
Do the checkups require fasting?
Definitively yes. Any food intake can modify several normal levels from different analytes, mainly glucose so, a minimum of 8 hours fasting should be respected. However, you can drink water.
Is there any extra cost regarding the of shipment of the results?
Blood draw will be performed in local laboratories close to your location and, once blood, urine and stool samples will be in the clinical laboratory, all process will be 100% digital.
Once the blood collection is done, how long does it take until I have my report by mail?
In most countries we are based, all Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups use to be performed in less than 2 days.
Please note this time depends mainly from laboratory samples analysis time.
Who makes the reports?
All reports are generated automatically by our cloud servers once they receive laboratory results.
Please note at this moment our cloud servers can generate up to 8.000 reports for 8.000 different patients in just 6 seconds.
In which languages are the reports available?
At this moment reports are available in English, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish.
Once I will have the report in my possession, who will interpret it?
All Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups output an easy-to-understand report with recommendations if a disorder is found.
However, they are also specially designed to help in raising awareness that you should go to your doctor for more tests in order to investigate what is causing the abnormal blood or urine values found.
In the event the report recommends any doctor appointment, does Blueberry Diagnostics have a medical team to contact?
Not at this moment, although this is something we will evaluate in the future as part of our services offering portfolio.
Ok, Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkup stated I have a little Vitamin D insufficiency, can I buy an “Over the Counter” Vitamin D supplement by myself?
Although there are several commercial supplements of vitamin D available without a prescription (such as Faes Farma “Hidroferol” or Bayer “One-A-Day”, for example), we recommend not to self-medicate and consult with your doctor for the adequate dose, since an excess of vitamin D could cause an intoxication with some more serious results even than the insufficiency or deficit thereof.
Ok, I am overweight, I have high cholesterol or a reduced kidney function, but I am fine. How Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups could help me now?
All Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups seek to get the full picture of your health, aimed to help in early detection of the main disorders within key body systems and functions, as the best way to get an early diagnosis, as well as prevent and/or treat at time conditions that cause abnormal blood, urine and/or stool value before they become chronic or severe.
Can I avoid medical appointments once performed a Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkup?
Although all Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups allow get the full picture of your health, once a disorder or disease is found, they suggest a medical appointment in order to be evaluated and treated by your doctor.
In this way, all Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups have been developed for the exclusive use by healthcare professionals, and solely as a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS), not as a unique element for diagnosis.
If everything is correct, how often is it recommended to perform another checkup?
Our own recommendation is once a year (independently your age).
In the opposite case, if the report suggests any disorder o disease, how often is it recommended to perform another checkup?
At this moment, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Can I perform the Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups if I am pregnant?
At this moment our checkups are not valid for pregnant women because, as the pregnancy progresses, the values of several tests will change, and at this moment our algorithms have no included these data. For example, the volume of plasma increases between 30 percent and 50 percent in the pregnant woman, so it is easy for the Red Blood Cell count to fall. In the same way, the Hemoglobin and the Hematocrit values may decrease.
Are the Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups ready for kids?
In a similar way than pregnant women, kids have other normality ranges different from adult people and these values are not included in our algorithms yet. A normal value for a given component of clinical interest is considered to be the amount of that component that is found in the organic fluid of a group of clinically normal (apparently healthy) people. These normal values are defined arbitrarily and correspond to 95 percent of a population of these clinically normal people.
From what age are Blueberry Diagnostics’ checkups recommended?
At this moment our checkups are only valid for men and women 18 years old and over.