MobileMed Enterprises is developing a mobile phone-based detection system for neonatal jaundice. Out of Vanderbilt School of Engineering, the team, led by Dr. Chetan Patil, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundation for their work. The system uses a mobile phone's camera to sense bilirubin, the marker of jaundice and a byproduct of breakdown of red blood cells. Using the flash and evaluating reflectance on skin, the bilirubin levels can be detected by the software.
Currently, MobileMed is ensuring that the camera can detect bilirubin levels, safety, and testing the product on a variety of skin tones.