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iStethoscope app on an iPhone
Health Topic Cardiovascular diseases, Maternal mortality, Child mortality
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Commercialized
Location Europe

Problem being addressed[edit]

While regular stethoscopes can pick up heartbeats, they do not record the data automatically; stethoscopes are also an extra device for doctors to carry around.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

The iStethoscope is a mobile app able to pick up a heartbeat by using an iPhone’s built-in microphone. It can record and play back eight seconds of heartbeat, and display a phonocardiograph and a spectrogram, which can then be emailed to a specialist. This allows doctors to have the capability to accurately hear a heartbeat at all times without having to carry around a stethoscope. It also would allow less trained medical workers to record their patients’ heartbeats and send it to a doctor for consultation.

Designed by[edit]

  • Designed by: Peter Bentley
  • Manufacturer location: University College London

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit]

It’s currently being used in UK hospitals.


Other internally generated reports[edit]

  • "IStethoscope Pro by The Undercover Scientist." Peter Bentley Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. Link Available here

Externally generated reports[edit]

  • "IStethoscope: The IPhone App Which Is Already Replacing the Real Thing in Hospitals." Mail Online. N.p., 31 Aug. 2010. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. Link Available here
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Cardiovascular diseases +, Maternal mortality +  and Child mortality +