A smart jacket that measures vital signs is being tested in Uganda as a way to help doctors diagnose pneumonia faster. 

With the Mama-Ope kit, health workers simply slip the jacket onto the child and its sensors monitor sound patterns from the lungs, and temperature and breathing rate.

“The processed information is sent to a mobile phone app (via Bluetooth) which analyzes the information in comparison to known data so as to get an estimate of the strength of the disease,” said Turyabagye.

The jacket, which is still only a prototype, can diagnose pneumonia up to three times faster than a doctor and reduces human error, according to studies done by its inventors.

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