A smart jacket to detect pneumonia
Two young Ugandans have designed a smart jacket equipped with sensors to identify pneumonia symptoms (temperature, breathing rate and lung sound) three times faster than usual medical tests. Designed for children 0 to 5 years (who are most prone to the disease), the kit consists of a wearable and a mobile app to visualise analysis results and monitor patient records.
Pneumonia kills almost one million children each year in the world, often because of a belated diagnosis. The disease is also frequently mistaken for malaria. The prototype aims to eliminate most of human errors in regions where medical expertise is sometimes hard to reach. It falls within the current trend of innovations democratising medical screening in disadvantaged countries (Eva, Matibabu, etc.).
Spotted in 2018
By HEC MONTREAL (Canada)