Technology Trends : Dec 2008 : Health benefits of Apple Inc.

The iPhone revolution has had the entire planet in its grip since the mobile phone was released mid 2008. Since its release, a number of new applications have been developed custom made around this popular new communication device.

Apple too, has gone all out to encourage this trend by releasing a software development kit (SDK) for programmers to create native iPhone applications. The iPhone's reasonably powerful Samsung ARM processor, 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory and intuitive, visual interface also seem particularly well suited to medical imaging. Those wary of beaming sensitive medical images all over the place via WiFi because of security concerns, find reason to allay their fears in the iPhone's new business-friendly security features.

The Apple team also announced a new partnership with Epocrates, the developer of a massive drug-interaction database for mobile devices. A new application from Epocrates gives doctors the ability to view drug information regardless of their location or the availability of a WiFi. In the first month of availability, more than 125,000 users, including 25,000 US doctors, downloaded the Epocrates Rx drug and formulary software. Though the software is primarily used by healthcare professionals, an increasing number of patients find value in the product as they become more involved in medical care.

eHealth specialist, InterComponentWare (ICW) too had announced plans to integrate the Apple iPhone and other smart phones with the Life Sensor personal health record to transmit vital emergency medical information to hospital staff.

Remote monitoring of heart patients through iPhone

RS TechMedic BV, a Dutch company with eight years of experience in medical device development, recently announced the release of their iPhone Telemedicine Application. With this iPhone Telemedicine Application physicians can monitor vital signs of ambulant and home-care patients at any time and from anywhere. This product offers a significant increase of patient comfort, fast recognition of heart problems and a reduction of hospital and healthcare cost.


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