Your smartphone could become the most important tool in your medicine cabinet

Your smartphone could become the most important tool in your medicine cabinet
If Dr. Leslie Saxon gets her way, the most important medical tool that you will be soon using to keep you healthy is your smartphone. Dr. Saxon is the head of the USC Center for Body Computing and her goal is to allow anyone to send their medical data to a healthcare researcher through a smartphone. She also wants everyone to record their heartbeat using an app that allows the camera on a phone to measure a heart rate via a finger. She is part of a study that has recorded the heart rate data of 200,000 cardiac patients with an implanted medical device and has recorded millions of "continuous heartbeats" overall.

On the last day of TEDMED2012, the Doctor announced a new website, 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 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.

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5. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 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

4. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 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!!

3. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

911 whats your emergency?

2. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 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/.....

1. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Seems like a cool idea! I cant even begin to imagine what smart phones will be used for in 10 years.

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