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Your mobile phone can diagnose your cough

Posted by andreaitis on November 10, 2009

Gotta cough? There's an app for that.

The latest in hacking technology. Literally.

Soon all you’ll have to do is  cough into your phone for an instant diagnosis. Software being developed by STAR Analytical Services will measure your cough by comparing it to a pre-recorded database of coughs.

Software being developed by American and Australian scientists will hopefully allow patients simply to cough into their phone, and it will tell them whether they have cold, flu, pneumonia or other respiratory diseases.

The software would compare the patient’s cough to a pre-recorded database of coughs, containing the sounds of all respiratory diseases from people of both sexes and various ages, weights and other variables.

Currently the STAR team has a database of several dozen patients, but they estimate they will need a total of around 1,000 before the software will be reliable.

The software is currently run on a computer, but it is anticipated that it could be rewritten as a smartphone application.

via Cough into your mobile phone for instant diagnosis – Telegraph

The project is being funded by a $100,000 grant from the  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Hmm, mobile phone diagnosis.  Would this be considered a public or private option in the health care debate?

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