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Pocket Doc: 17 Year Old Builds Cell Phone Heart Monitor for Developing World

by Zachary Slobig

September 9, 2012

The NPR science desk and a handful of third party scientists reviewed the ideas and they were impressed by Wong's prototype. "Just the kind of technology that 'flattens the Earth' for better medical care," Scripps Research Institute cardiologist Eric Topol told Palca.

Turning that great idea into a product ready for market will be another challenge though. Palca has connected Wong with the folks behind innovation incubator PopTech and Wong is determined to continue refining even though she still needs to finish high school.

"I'm going to keep going on this project, making it smaller, cheaper, more durable," she said. Her dream: to actually get it working for patients in developing countries. "That's who I aimed the project at, and that's who I'm working for."

Kudos to Wong for seeing a problem and designing a fix, all from parts available in your local Radio Shack.

EKG image via Shutterstock

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Pocket Doc: 17 Year Old Builds Cell Phone Heart Monitor for Developing World