Your smartphone could become the most important tool in your medicine cabinet
On the last day of TEDMED2012, the Doctor announced a new website, everyheartbeat.org that would be what she calls the "Facebook of medicine". A cardiologist, Dr. Dixon envisions a future where people can use add-on accessories and apps to send info about their health, like blood pressure or glucose levels, from a smartphone to the site where it can be viewed by physicians and researchers.
Since most people carry their smartphone with them wherever they go (and for some, whenever they go) it is the perfect conduit to the inner workings of the body and thus can give your Doctor a quick and painless look at how healthy or ill you are. The everyheartbeat.org site hopes to be ready to collect your medical info by next year. The site is currently collecting emails from those interested in the service.
source: Everyheartbeat.org, MITTechnologyReview via Textually.org
1. christianqwerty (Posts: 461; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Seems like a cool idea! I cant even begin to imagine what smart phones will be used for in 10 years.
2. the_s2 (Posts: 215; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
This is really good news. Future phones should come with inbuilt temperature, bp, and pulse rate sensors and should come with medical equipment connectivity options. /sony phones with ANT+ tech/.....
4. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 328; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
oh m god if this could be implemented..... and complete secure. i think security is really the only concern here but all the possibilities!!!
people with heart rate monitors could connect to their phone via bluetooth or other proprietary connection and check heart rate...
diabetics could get permanent internal monitors and check their phones for blood sugar levels instead of stabbing themselves ever few hours.
i know i don't know nearly enough about the medical industry to fully even understand the potential but i know enough that mind = blown. i would love to contribute to research alone with my smartphone!!! much less my dr. have a more accurate reading of my lifestyle other than what i remember to tell him, or tell the truth about...
there are a few worries that this could entail... im sure that someone will find a way to abuse it but as long as we focus more on the hope and implementation as fully secure then this sounds like it IS the future!!
5. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
First off I don't trust that. Remember its a phone not a life line unless your calling 911. Its a good idea but they should stop while they are at it. I see no future for this