Mobile Phone Stethoscopes Could Save Thousands of Lives in Poor Countries
It’s estimated that about half of all Africans own a cell phone. Yet, many of these cell phone owners lack access to proper medical services. One disease responsible for killing many Africans is tuberculous pericarditis, an aggressive type of TB affecting 2% of TB patients in which the lining of the heart becomes infected. In developed countries this condition is rarely fatal because it can be diagnosed at a doctor’s with a simple stethoscope and quickly addressed. But in Africa, it is said that about 40% of people die post-diagnosis because they can’t get to a doctor in time.