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At Your Fingertips: An App to Read Your Blood Oxygen Levels

Alessandra Rizzotti

With smart devices like Basis or Fit, we've practically become androids, pushing buttons to read our heart rates, seeing how many calories we burn, or measuring the amount of steps we take. And, now, with a smartphone app known as the Phone Oximeter™, we can measure blood oxygen levels. Currently, 80,000 women in four countries (India, Pakistan, Mozambique and Nigeria) are being tested with this technology. The hope is that with better measurement, infant and maternal mortality rates drop.

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