Technology Advances: Cell Phone + Medicine = Good

BusinessWeek has a piece on the combination of medicine and cell phones that sheds light on some possibilities—predominately in the patient empowerment arena.

A personal mobile scanner that “plugs into the phone, which beams the data to the computer, generating an image that can be transmitted to a doctor or hospital far away.”

The cell phone may also be able to act as a constant monitor of vital signs.  A patient could also use the iPhone for mobile access to health information for a yearly nominal fee.

This may be a bit audacious, but I appreciate the goal:

“The cell phone is going to solve rural health-care problems, whether it’s rural India or rural Indiana,” says Kristin Tolle, Microsoft Research’s program manager for external research in biomedical computing.

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