THE PROBLEM OF NEONATAL JAUNDICE
An estimated 114.000 newborns die from jaundice every year
Although jaundice rarely causes death or brain damage in high income countries, the condition is still a large problem in low and middle income countries. This is due to the high cost of the medical devices used to accurately diagnose the condition today. In addition, the shortened stays at maternity wards after birth in high income countries has created a demand for more distributed technologies for managing jaundice.
Current devices are either highly unreliable, like the one shown in the image above, or prohibitively expensive. Treatment is relatively cheap, so there is therefore a need for reliable low cost diagnostic devices. The above video shows our pediatrician Anders Aune and Dr. Mahendra Sampurna and his team at Dr. Soetomo General Hospital in Surabaya who are currently performing a clinical study using our system.
A smartphone app thatestimates newborn jaundice levels
Our patent pending technology is based on state of the art biomedical optics. This makes us able to provide the best possible estimates of jaundice level while at the same time correcting for skin pigmentation.
Our user friendly design ensures that anyone is able to use the app after seeing just a short video tutorial on how it should be used.
Since the only external hardware needed is a printed paper card, we are able to distribute our system at a much lower price point than the competition.