The Phone Oximeter

Photo: Kenek Edge with Sensor

Pulse oximetry on a cell phone

 

Pairing pulse oximeters with mobile phones will catapult pulse oximetry from the hospital into non-hospital settings. The inherent computing power of the mobile phone, its peripheral resources (LCD display; audio, serial and USB connectivity), battery power and everyday availability offer the opportunity to create a low-cost stand alone device that can be used by non-specialist healthcare workers and even patients at home. Real-time wireless communication of results to specialists offers another distinct advantage over traditional pulse oximeters. We are developing just such as intelligent mobile device, the Phone Oximeter, which is being commercialized as Kenek Edge by LionsGate Technologies. Some of the potential applications we are exploring are:

Monitoring anesthesia in the developing world

Respiratory disease management in our communities


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