Is it a cold—or something else? Now you won’t have to wait to find out. Through an app that can diagnose respiratory conditions, Australia’s, Dr. Tony Keating, CEO and managing director of the company, ResApp has found a way to deliver healthcare on the go. Initially developed by, University of Queensland associate professor, Udantha Abeyratne the app that let’s you simply cough into your cellphone’s microphone to diagnose respiratory issues has met with overwhelming approval. When tested in Western Australia’s Joondalup Hospital the new smartphone app accurately diagnosed pneumonia 96% percent of the time, and asthma about 90% of the time, (when tested in Indonesia). Keating who specializes in university technology commercialization hopes to reduce medical costs and revolutionize diagnostic screening across the board, “Our goal is to make that test as accurate as an X-ray and our hope is to replace those tests,” he said.
How It Works
According to Keating the app can analyze the sound of a cough from up to two meters away, (from the phone). Using specific algorithms developed at the University of Queensland, the technology matches sounds produced by the cough with diseases including, pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis. “Our levels of accuracy are comparable not just to a doctor listening to a stethoscope but a doctor listening to a stethoscope then sending you off to an X-ray, looking at that those X-rays and even looking at the response to antibiotics for example to get a final clinical diagnosis…we skip the X-ray altogether; we’re breaking the model of health consultations,” he adds.
ResApp plans to submit the new app to the US Food and Drug Administration by mid 2016 in hopes of partnering with American telehealth companies thereafter. If all goes according to plan, the new technology could be available in the U.S. marketplace as early as the end of 2016. Because the app is not categorized as a new drug or medical device, Keating expects FDA approval to be swift. Other companies using mobile health platforms have already developed devices and smartphone apps that chart wheeze rates, and peak flow for individuals with asthma.
Natural Respiratory Support
The body’s first line of defense against harmful microorganisms that can cause lung and respiratory ailments is its natural immunity. Cough, congestion, runny nose, inflammation and sinus infection can all occur as the result of weak immune health. While the mucus membranes of the nose and sinus cavities are great at catching allergens and microbes, they’re also a breeding ground for infections and bacteria.
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Proteolytic and mucolytic enzymes work to help the body break down excess mucus that can cause discomfort and congestion from colds and allergies.
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