System tracks newborns’ vital signs via skin color

Apr 12, 2017, 3:18 AM EDT
(Source: Joshua Rappeneker/flickr)
(Source: Joshua Rappeneker/flickr)

Swiss researchers have engineered a new contactless camera system that monitors the vital signs in premature babies by analyzing their skin color, a technology that can save the newborns from uncomfortable and highly inaccurate skin sensors.  

Highlighting the benefits, Jean-Claude Fauchere, a doctor at University Hospital Zurich's neonatal clinic, says the system addresses the key problem of false alarms in conventional monitoring systems that get triggered even by a slight movement, writes Seeker.

The system, devised by E.P.F.L. Polytechnical University in Lausanne and Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (C.S.E.M.), is currently under trial and could soon replace traditional skin sensors, improving the accuracy and quality of healthcare delivery, notes Indian Express.