from the January 2013 issue

Lifewatch Smartphone: Israel's technological gift to the world

Israeli scientists at the Weitzmann University have invented the world's first medical smartphone. The technology enables the user to keep track of their own vital signs, peforming functions similar to those that bulky medical devices such as intensive care EKG monitoring machines formerly did.

Functionally, the Lifewatch V replaces within the Smartphone common medical instruments such as stethoscopes, thermometers, or pedometers to provide not only basic task support such as measuring heart rate, temperature or daily step counts but a comprehensive array of diagnostic readings as well. While individual apps previously have been developed and currently exist for various individual tests or groups of tests, this is the first medical all-in-one Smartphone.

Currently an Android-based technology Lifewatch provides embedded sensors to measure secondary readings such as blood glucose and body fat percentage as well as perform at-home electrocardiograms and blood pressure readings with the attached sleeve.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report January 2013

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