App Could Help Parents Confirm Jaundice in Infants
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Research presented at the International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014) in Seattle, WA highlighted a new smartphone app that could assist healthcare providers and parents in screening for jaundice in newborns. Named the BiliCam, the app can process pictures of a baby taken with a smartphone and provide a report on the likelihood of jaundice based on skin color after adjusting for color and white balance, different lighting conditions, and skin tones. Although the BiliCam is not yet available to the public and physicians, a study on 100 newborns found that the app produced similar results to blood testing for babies’ bilirubin levels in diagnosing jaundice. Visual exams often underestimate the degree of jaundice, unlike the results thus far from the BiliCam. Jaundice is often visible after day 3 or 4 in infants, at which time they have usually been released from the hospital; if successful, this app could provide parents with more accurate information regarding a potential diagnosis and severity of the condition (and perhaps some peace of mind).
Early testing found that the application has greater accuracy than visual exams performed by doctors, according to research presented September 16 at the International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014) in Seattle, Washington. James Taylor, a pediatrician at ...
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