mHealth Apps Developed in Champaign-Urbana

,Mobile Health ECG

Blackberry Electroencephalogram, CC3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Mobile Health (mHealth) is heathcare practice supported by mobile devices. mHealth is a more recent segment of eHealth. However mHealth and eHealth are inextricably linked. mHealth includes mobile applications for delivering healthcare information, collecting health data, real-time monitoring of patients, and training of healthcare workers. mHealth applications can provide convenient access to digital patient records by both patients and healthcare workers. Smartphones can provide for real-time collecting and reporting of environmental data, such as air and water quality. They can also be used to track outbreaks of disease and epidemics. mHealth helps remote monitoring of patients in their homes. This is becoming increasingly important as the baby boom generation begins to enter their senior years. mHealth can help meet the challenge posed by a shortage of healhcare workers by training and advising new healthcare workers.


,iPhone-based Biosensor Development at UIUC

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iPhone-based Biosensor Development at UIUC

MobiHealthNews published on article titled Prototype iPhone biosensor detects viruses, bacteria, toxins, allergens discussing an iPhone-based biosensor which was developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed a versatile iPhone-based biosensor, with about $200 worth of parts, which is as accurate as a $50,000 laboratory spectrophotometer.

The system, consisting of an iPhone cradle and an app, can detect viruses, bacteria, toxins, proteins and even allergens in food using the smartphone’s camera as a spectrometer and the powerful processor to make calculations.

Research team members include Brian Cunningham (Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Dustin Gallegos, Kenneth D. Long, Hojeong Yu, Peter P. Clark, Yixiao Lin, Sherine George, and Pabitra Natha. The researcher team is also working on a cradle for Android phones. They hope to begin making the iPhone and Android cradles available next year.


,MoboSens - Mobile Water Testing at UIUC

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Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project

The Vodafone Americas Foundation has held a development competition for the last four years. The competition is designed to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology. The 2013 winners of the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project include University of Illinois assistant professor Logan Liu and his research team (Tristan Wietsma, Manas Ranjan Gartia). The team developed MoboSens which is a smartphone-based water sensor to test the quality of water. MoboSens measures the concentration of common pollutants - like nitrate, arsenic, chromium, and lead and can share the information on the internet. The project's website describes the application:

MoboSens, a smartphone based sensor, provides accurate nitrate concentration measurements. Combined with GPS and mobile broadband, MoboSens provides citizens with a platform for collecting and sharing environmental data, from stream quality to drinking water safety.