The Iphone will see you now; how doctors are using smartphones to more efficiently and cost effectively diagnose your problem

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The Iphone will see you now; how doctors are using smartphones to more efficiently and cost effectively diagnose your problem

I heard about this a while ago on 60 minutes. There are a number of software companies that are blazing a trail to more effective and convenient diagnostic tests that are inexpensive, effective and can take the doctor just a couple of minutes to perform. Since the cost of healthcare is a big problem, fewer expensive and negative tests can save the system big dollars. As doctors need to be more concerned about costs, one cardiologist is trying to convince others to change how they do tests such as the standard EKG and switch to app’s that work on their iphone.

This is vaguely reminiscent of the idea of the star trek Tricorder, as was handled by Bones and Spock on that series. As chiropractors are changing to methods of treat test treat, active evaluation and other more efficient methods to both diagnose and treat problems many people have to improve outcomes and cut costs, some in Medicine are reading the tea leaves and blazing a trail to a better way of practicing medicine.

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