If a Smartphone app can do things that expensive devices can’t, then it’s really comforting to hear. Because in countries like India, millions of children die every year due to lack of expensive screening equipment. An app developed by doctors and engineers at University College London is proving to be a life saver for newborns. This app has saved the lives of about 300 children. This app is named NeoSCB.
NeoSCB is a smartphone app that scans the eyes of newborns to identify severe jaundice. This app can be life-saving in areas where expensive screening equipment is not available. The NeoSCB app was used to diagnose jaundice in more than 300 newborns in Ghana.
In 2020, as part of a pilot project, the app was studied on 37 newborns at University College London Hospital (UCLH). The study analyzed images taken from a Smartphone camera to measure the yellowness of the white part of the eye (sclera) through the app, which can provide information about jaundice in newborns. If the reports are to be believed, the NeoSCB app can detect neonatal jaundice early, which requires treatment. Of the 336 children tested through the app, 79 had severe jaundice.
According to reports, the NeoSCB app is as effective as an expensive, expensive screening device that detects jaundice in newborns. All you need is an app to run this app. Let me tell you that severe jaundice kills about 114,000 newborns every year.