The Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine (ECEM) research group and the Pediatric Anesthesia Research Team (PART) at the University of British Columbia have devised a useful solution for home use by people with respiratory problems.

The Phoneoximeter has been developed in unison by these two research groups and it work with the iPhone and – according to Engadget reports – with the Android, Windows and other mobile devices. They managed to transform the iPhone into a handy little device for monitoring the body’s vital signs outside of a hospital setting. The meter links to the iPhone and displays the wearer’s blood oxygen level and heart and respiratory rates.

This application becomes even more impressive as it sends the recorded data – what it reads – to the hospital or to your doctor’s office over the Internet.

The research groups have already done some testing with the system at the Vancouver Hospital then took it to Uganda for more field testing.

Pulse oximeters are important tools in emergency and trauma medicine, as they can measure the relative level of oxygenation in the patient’ blood noninvasively.