Spirocall is a Service That Can Evaluate One's Lung Health Over the Phone

By: Katherine Pendrill - May 5, 2016
References: washington.edu & techcrunch
Spirocall is a new service that allows people anywhere in the world to call and have their lung health evaluated for free. Although lung disease and chronic breathing problems affect millions of people, many do not have access to proper medical treatment. This service gives patients a way to monitor their condition at home when the nearest medical facility is hours or even days away.

Spirocall was created by a group of researchers at the University of Washington as a way to measure lung function remotely. Instead of using a spirometer to test a patient's lung health, the researchers have made it possible to carry out a similar test with just a regular phone. To use the service, patients simply call a 1-800 number and then exhale hard when prompted. The sound is subsequently analyzed and the data is returned to the patient in the form of a text. As a result, patients can keep an eye on their condition without ever consulting a physician.

While the project is still in the early stages, Spirocall could be a valuable tool for monitoring lung health all over the world.