To improve early detection, a team of students from the University of Melbourne created the StethoCloud.
The StethoCloud is a stethoscope with a tiny microphone embedded into it that records breathing and then sends the information to a mobile phone app for analysis.
"The mic captures the sounds of the person breathing and the app uploads the recording onto cloud servers. Then the app analyzes the breathing patterns, makes a diagnosis according to the standards of the World Health Organization--either the subject has pneumonia or doesn't--and then presents the user with the appropriate treatment plan."
And at a price of $20, the StethoCloud is 30 times cheaper than a normal digital stethoscope, which makes it more affordable for use in the developing world.
The team who invented StethoCloud won Microsoft Australia's national Imagine Cup, a technology competition for students.
The students have sent prototypes of the system to hospitals and health centers in Malaysia, Ghana and Mozambique. "The team hopes to see some level of adoption within the next year in the countries that need it most, since early and accurate diagnosis for even 10 percent of the cases means 210,000 deaths prevented," GOOD reports.
Photo via Imagine Cup