The iPhone has revolutionized how we access information, interact with the web, as well as other people via mobile social networking. In addition, the health care industry has started implementing smartphones and tablets in all sorts of administrative aspects, from patient health charts, billing, and assisting doctors in teaching patients about their conditions.
The iPhone has taken a big step in helping people lead happier, healthier lives. The “Handyscope” clips to the back of an iPhone and implements the camera to take close up pictures of an individuals skin, allowing doctors to determine if a patient is suffering from skin disease such as melanoma. A German Company called FotoFinder designed and manufactured the system that magnifies the skin image twenty times.
With a price tag of $1580 plus $12 for the application, the Handyscope will most likely be out of the consumers price range and be aimed at doctors, hospitals and other healthcare professionals.
Mobile technology has become so popular that AT&T has released a wireless pill cap that tracks and reminds patients to take their medications by illuminating LEDs on the cap and playing a ringtone.
In 2009 a report found that smartphone implementation in a health-monitoring environment could save more than $197 billion dollars over the next quarter decade in the United States.
The Handyscope is an innovation that will quickly and easily detect skin disease and has the potential to decrease costs associated with late detection of these ailments. This is just the beginning of mobile medical devices and don’t be surprised if the long eliminated house call becomes fashionable with physicians again with smartphone evolution.
What medical applications do you see in the smartphone and tablet community? I’m sure the TechnoBuffalo faithful could come up with tons of medical innovations with mobile devices. Let me know in the comments below.