Heart Rate Monitor Plus App
This new iPhone App turns your smart phone, and eventually tablet devices, into a sophisticated medical monitor able to capture and transmit vital physiological data. Worcester Polytechnic Institute reports it has developed the app that can measure not only heart rate, but also heart rhythm, respiration rate and blood oxygen saturation and atrial fibrillation(AF) using the phone’s built-in video camera. The new app yields vital signs as accurate as standard medical monitors now in clinical use. The App analyzes video clips recorded while the patient’s fingertip is pressed against the lens of the phone’s camera. As the camera’s light penetrates the skin, it reflects off of pulsing blood in the finger; the application is able to correlate subtle shifts in the color of the reflected light with changes in the patient’s vital signs. Still in testing mode and is not yet available for the public. Stay Tuned!