Smartphone enabled phototherapy irradiance meter for the care of the jaundiced neonates in low-resource regions

Patrick Powell, Isa Abdulkadir, Tina M. Slusher, Katie Satrom, Gary DeWitt

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Abstract

Smartphones have become near ubiquitous on the global stage placing the power of both computational analytics and communication into the hands of users in both high and low-resource regions alike. The potential to leverage these devices to address inequities in healthcare are enormous. Our development team theorizes that we can create a medical device blending a traditional pediatric phototherapy irradiance meter for the treatment of neonatal jaundice with a mobile smartphone to create a reasonably priced irradiance meter with improved performance specifically for low-resource regions. The result of our work is a minimum viable prototype based on an Android operating system tethered wirelessly to a remote sensor that incorporates a clinical training feature. Based on laboratory tests simulating a clinical environment and field testing in Northern Nigeria, the results were equivalent to standard phototherapy meters with additional expected benefits of cost, mobility, access and clinical training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791883549
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Apr 6 2020Apr 9 2020

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020

Conference

Conference2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period4/6/204/9/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The team would like to thank the following participating institutions: Thrasher Research Fund, who provided partial project funding; University of Minnesota, Department of Pediatrics; HHRI (Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute), Department of Pediatrics; DISHER Engineering (Zeeland, Michigan); Arbor Grace (Detroit, Michigan); Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria); Beltline Center (Detroit, Michigan) and Internet Mobility Cellular (Plano, Texas).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2020 ASME

Keywords

  • 10/90 Gap
  • 3D Printing
  • Agile
  • Bandwidth
  • Bluetooth
  • Dongle
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Irradiance
  • Jaundice
  • Meter
  • Minimum Viable Prototype
  • Neonate
  • Open Source
  • Pediatrics
  • Phototherapy
  • Photovoltaic
  • Sensor
  • Smartphone
  • Wireless

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