Olga Kharif, in Tech News World (May 5), gives us one more reason to love the iPhone. As if we needed another reason!
The software company Life Record is developing ways to let physicians view medical records, including electrocardiograms and brain scans, using the iPhone. Their software also lets doctors send and receive patient records by SMS, and order prescriptions.
For those of us who are not doctors but want an excuse to buy an iPhone, the company is also developing software for patients. For $50 a year (which is nothing compared to the cost of the 2-year contract you have to sign when you buy the phone) patients can have access to their own records via iPhone. This could be handy when visiting a new doctor or specialist.
iPhone users aren’t the only ones who will benefit from new medical technologies. Kharif reports that 17 of the 30+ health care projects funded by Microsoft Research involve cell phones. And sales of phone applications for medical professionals are expected to more than double by 2011.
Researchers hope that mobile phones will help reduce the frequency of medical errors. Gentag is developing wireless disposable skin patches which store the patient’s medical records. The patches are equipped with a chip that transmit to a mobile phone. If the patient is about to receive medication, the patch can warn of any allergies. The patch will also allow patients’ blood glucose and temperature to be monitored by phone.
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