EDITORS on Nov 1, 2013 • 11:55 am
(This means of measuring blood oxygen does not use as peripheral, as does the following one. It is strickly an app)
Pulse oximeters that measure the saturation of peripheral oxygen by analyzing the light absorption of two wavelengths of light through a fingertip or an ear have become standard in clinical environments. They’ve become pretty small and sometimes even feature Bluetooth wireless connectivity, but the technology within them exists in its essential form in most of today’s smartphones. As a matter of fact, here’s a new video that just surfaced of what looks to be the world’s first use of a smartphone as an oximeter from a Norwegian company calleddigiDoc Technologies
According to an email from the CEO of the company, Damoun Nassehi M.D., PhD., the device is in the final process of beta-testing the app, as of Nov 2013, and are working on receviing final approval from the FDA for the app, to market as a “medical device upgrade” for the iPhone. Stay tuned for updates! Med vennig hilsen!
This peripheral will. of course, make it tremendously easy to do readings from any locations, away from the hospital, and medical offices. It can even be used by non-healthcare personal, and patients, for COPDer’s to check at home. The whole process takes about a minute. The iPhone app spits out a composite score called a Vita Index; it also displays pulse, respiration, and blood oxygen measurements–all of this in a single screen, but the app does trend the data. It doesn’t seem to provide a running baseline or a comparison to a norm.
Real-time wireless communication of results to specialists offers another distinct advantage over traditional pulse oximeters.
See this video which deals with this iPhone Oximeter at the CES in Las Vegas this year
Not yet approved by the FDA, but expected to be in less than a year