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About this medical device
Status Prototype
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in United States
Replicated in Africa
Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Diagnosis
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Women during childbearing years are particularly susceptible to anemia. There are an estimated 100,000 maternal and 600,000 newborn deaths a year due to the blood disorder, with millions more affected. Thus far, it has been difficult to influentially screen for anemia in developing countries because it requires individual testing, a process that is time consuming and unrealistic in low-resource facilities.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The Hemoglobe is an inexpensive phone attachment that transforms rural health workers’ phones into non-invasive and prick-free hemoglobinometers. They automatically relay hemoglobin results to a central server in order to map out anemia prevalence and where help is needed most, geographically. This allows for community-based screening and anemia awareness in areas with high prevalence.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
  • Manufacturer location: Baltimore, Maryland USA

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

2011-2012, Kenya

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Johns Hopkins University, Finalist in Saving Lives at Birth Competition

References[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Johns Hopkins University. (July 24 2012). Undergraduates’ Cellphone Screening Device for Anemia Wins $250,000 Prize. Retrieved November 13 2013 from here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Saving Lives at Birth. (August 6 2012). HemoGlobe: Revitalizing Maternal Anemia Prevention and Treatment Globally. Retrieved November 13 2013 from here.