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Movement analysis app detects level of lung disease

Nearly 16 million Americans are afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease where the lung gradually loses its ability to pump enough oxygen to the rest of the body. According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and only half of the actual cases are diagnosed.

Mobile's role in population health management

-reproduced from Fierce Healthcare

University of Illinois’s Schatz says that while smart clothes, such as undershirts or socks with sensors built in, would be ideal for measuring population health from a functionality standpoint, such tools have not hit the mass market yet. For now, he says, phones and fitness devices are the most realistic options for tools that already are widely deployed.

MoveSense App Makes Cellphone A Monitor for Heart and Lung Patients

Patients suffering from chronic cardiopulmonary diseases could soon have a solution to help them accurately monitor their health and warn doctors at the first sign of trouble.

By simply carrying their cellphone, equipped with the health-tracking app, MoveSense, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a patient’s oxygen saturation level can be passively monitored with medical accuracy.

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