Vital Sign Monitoring – There’s an App for That!

No one ever imagined when the iPhone was first came out how it would change the world and transform so many industries including medicine.  A team of students at the University of British Columbia Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine faculty developed a vital sign remote monitoring device that works with the iPhone, Android and other smart phone platforms.  The handy device called a Phone Oximeter, monitors blood oxygen levels and heart and respiratory rates while displaying the information locally on the smart phone display as well as transmitting it to the hospital via Wi-Fi or 3G network.  The device is currently being tested with Vancouver General Hospital and showcases the incredible life saving capabilities of smart phones – What’s next an app for a Portable EKG/Defibrillator?

Kudos to the Students at UBC!  check out their funny Phone Oximeter video below.

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