Opinion: UBC erases boundaries between engineering and health

Peter Zandstra, most recently of the University of Toronto, has joined UBC to become the school’s first director.

A deceptively simple device invented at the University of B.C. is saving lives in the world’s most impoverished places.

Called the Phone Oximeter, it clips onto a person’s fingertip and is connected by wire to a smartphone’s audio port. By measuring blood-oxygen levels and heart and breathing rates with unprecedented simplicity, portability and affordability, it’s enabling easier diagnosis of illness in Mozambique, Pakistan and Uganda.

How it came to be at UBC reveals the magic of universities.

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