Graduate students from the University of Washington in Seattle have created an app to replace a spirometer. Patients with chronic lung conditions such as asthma use a spirometer to test their airways. A patient has to visit a doctor’s office and blow into the spirometer for the doctor, such a device easily costing thousands of dollars.
The app as of right now compared to a commercial brand spirometer is 5.1% off. The team hopes to make the app as close to accurate as possible with the increase funding they have received. Such an app could potentially save thousands of dollars for hospitals. The app would also allow doctors to perform tests on the patient, without the patient having to leave home to see the doctor in person, creating a more convenient life for the patients.