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LifeCode: Imagine Cup project aims to fight cardiovascular disease using mobile phones

A group of students from Wayne State University in Detroit wants to use mobile phones to help stop the planet’s No. 1 killer—cardiovascular disease. “The team is one of many competing in the U.S. Imagine Cup finals this weekend, and have developed a project named “LifeCode,” which aims to fight the world’s top killer with the planet’s fastest growing technology. In LifeCode, mobile phones equipped with biosensors could measure patients’ vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure & temperature, says Steve Markovitcht. He and teammates Melissa Hui, Kun Wang and Fahima Amin Bhuyan will compete in this week’s eighth annual U.S. Imagine Cup. Cloud computing is a key component of LifeCode; once the biometric data is transmitted, it can be securely stored in a remote database so that medical professionals can evaluate it. LifeCode and the other Imagine Cup teams aim to use technology and their creative ideas to solve some of the world’s toughest social problems as outlined in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. LifeCode can even pinpoint a patient’s location by using the mobile phone’s GPS system to help health-care workers gather even more information,” stated Microsoft.


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