15 Countries Account for 75% of Childhood Pneumonia Cases Worldwide, Totaling 113 Million

 

http://unifec.org/factoftheweek/index_39629.html
 

1.2 million Children, most specifically in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, die from pneumonia every year. Though it is a treatable disease, this problem is exacerbated by the inability of frontline healthcare workers to operate complicated equipment and to transport it to rural areas. Our product, the iOximeter, hopes to eliminate these issues. It is the first pulse oximeter that connects to the audio jack on a smartphone and coordinates with an app to measure oxygen saturation. This makes the device mobile and easy-to-use, thus eliminating both problems that impede the ability for medical aid workers to detect the disease in its early stages.


Problems with Current Oximeters

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Not
Portable

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Requires
Batteries

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Too
Complex

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Too
Expensive

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Not
Disposable

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Not Designed for Children


 

Introducing the Pediatric iOximeter

 

Safe Heart is in the process of developing a prototype for the pediatric iOximeter.  We are currently working with a team in China to develop the product and the app for the product.  This team already worked with our company to develop the iOximeter for adults, and we are confident that we can adapt our technologies to benefit children. We plan to rapidly design, field test, and produce a medical grade $20 pulse oximeter which requires minimal user training, draws power directly from a mobile phone, and features a rugged, non disposable, sterilizable probe for use in both infants and children.

Currently, the pediatric oximeter is the very early stages of life. Our device will meet the needs of the pediatric community by providing a way to detect disease in a way that is not yet available in developing countries. We hope that our product helps children around the world, but we see the most benefits for children aged five and under in developing countries, due to their fragile immune systems and less developed health care systems. 

We wish to provide frontline healthcare professionals out in the field and in hospitals with the ability to monitor pneumonia during the disease’s first stages. It will be designed to run as a plug-in peripheral to any smartphone, especially Android which currently represents over 80% of the total smartphone market in developing countries. Furthermore, the interface will not require literacy and will provide pictographic feedback in real-time to end users. The device will feature a truly reusable probe made with durable soft silicone, adapted for fidelity and ease of use in infants and children.

 
Early mock up

Early mock up


Our Solution-Perfect for Children

 
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Mobile

Inherit all features and benefits
of iOximeter.
 


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Accurate

As accurate as higher cost
stand-alone device.


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Durable

Silicone wrap with adjustable
strap for secure placement.

 
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Reusable

Non-disposable, Sterilize-able,
Waterproof


Intuitive

App Interface Requires
Minimal Training


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Affordable

Cost reduction by
35% to <$20 USD

 

The #1 Cause Of Death In Children Doesn't Have To Be.

 
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