Lifelens uses smartphones to identify malaria

A smartphone application developed by the Lifelens Project can use a single drop of blood to identify malaria with a 94 percent accuracy rate.
The app uses a drop of blood from a patient placed onto a slide with a marker. A smartphone equipped with a tiny lens giving 350 times magnification can be used to see the blood cells at the cellular level. Using a detection algorithm, the app can then be used to identify malaria within the blood cell, Forbes reports.
The app can also place the data on the web, along with GPA coordinates, so that scientists or healthcare workers can see trends in addition to where malaria outbreaks are occurring. The app can still make an accurate diagnosis if the examiner is out in the field with no network connection, with the data later pushed into the cloud once the phone returns to an internet connection.
The Lifelens Project and its team of five innovative graduate student-founders seeks to directly address and reduce malaria child mortality around the world using this mobile diagnostic solution. The app can be used by anyone who can operate a cell phone, opening up the possibility to ship devices directly to affected areas without special training or language skills.
Approximately 29,000 children under the age of five die every day, mainly from preventable causes. There are over one million annual deaths each year due to malaria, with 85 percent occurring in children under five years old.