Picterus is an app under development designed to monitor jaundice in newborns.
Untreated jaundice in newborns is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths and a substantial number of permanent brain damages each year. More than three quarters of these deaths occur in the poorest regions of the world, in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Cheap treatment is available through e.g. sunlight, but the diagnostic devices in use today cost around 10,000 dollars, making them practically unavailable in low-resource settings.
Smartphones are now penetrating into the poorest countries of the world. We, professor Lise Randeberg, pediatrician Anders Aune, and Gunnar Vartdal, are therefore working on developing a smartphone app capable of diagnosing this condition. The technology behind Picterus is now patent pending, and we have received funding from NTNU Discovery and to verify the technology.
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