Doctor Sees iPhone as the Future of Medicine
Although some iPhone users see their smartphones as a figurative life saver, Dr. Eric Topol, the Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, is a well-known cardiologist who is at the forefront of wireless medicine. In a segment on NBC News’ Rock Center, Topol talked about how he is prescribing apps instead of medicine to treat his patients.
According to Dr. Topol, we are at the forefront of a medical revolution that’ll be driven by smartphone-enabled medical devices. As detailed by Brian Williams in Rock Center, Topol used his iPhone in combination with an AliveCor, an iPhone-mounted sensor capable of delivering clinically accurate electrocardiograms, to measure the vital signs of a passenger experiencing severe chest pains at 30,000 feet. For those of you who want to watch the video
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He believes that wireless devices will streamline medicine and reduce costs because procedures will be conducted in the primary care physician’s office or even at home. The medical community is already moving toward and adopting technologies, encouraging the utility and portability of devices such as the iPhone and iPad mini. Physicians by some accounts have been quicker to adopt the iPad for use in their practices than they have the electronic health record systems which are mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
As the pace of improvement in devices continues to accelerate, it may not be too far in the future when smartphone users won’t have to call their doctor for an appointment, because their smartphone will already do it for them.
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Source: NBC News