With the groundbreaking innovations emerging these days in the medical field, the iPhone has proven worthy once again. This was achieved by taking over the roles of portable medical devices that are handy and much-needed by the patients on a regular basis. On numerous occasions, this phone has empowered, enhanced, and changed the way people think of phones these days. Furthermore, this is achieved by connecting the medical devices through its optic or computing power to the smartphone itself. Some of these innovations are worth discussing here:
The iPhone Is the Diabetic’s Best Friend
Patients with diabetes have no option but to measure their blood glucose levels often with some sort of glucose meter. Such a meter requires a blood specimen on a band of special glucose paper, and it can then be measured by the glucose meter. A small attachment just like a card reader has become available that has gotten a nod from both Sanofi and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–it is Sanofi’s iBGStar.
As a Vital Signs Monitor
Another plug-in known as Withings Blood Pressure monitor is easily attached to the phone via a peripheral blood pressure cuff, and the phone converts into a master control device to take as well as record blood pressure. According to the manufacturer, this portable blood pressure device shows compatibility with other smart devices as well, such as the iPod Touch and iPad. Such a portable device is really handy and beneficial for high blood pressure patients, as well as those individuals living in old homes, as they can monitor their blood pressures in a timely fashion.
As a Plug-in for ECG Device
With the FDA approval of a new ECG device called AliveCor, the phone converts into an ECG/EKG (electrocardiogram) recorder. After the device is plugged into the iPhone, it can record and analyze a patient’s heart rate with an affiliated app.
As a Portable Ultrasound
A device called the Mobisante’s MobiUS SP1 ultrasound system is available on the market these days. This innovative device attached to the phone via an app can deliver with the same precision and accuracy as any other ultrasound technology out there. The phone, therefore, becomes a display screen for visualization and record keeping purposes.
SPIROMETER and BREATHALYZER Attachments for iPhone
The app SpiroSmart iPhone developed at the University of Washington Medical Center precisely measures and estimates lung air volume. The app functions on the principle of making an algorithm with the audio part of an expiration. Research studies have found that there is only a 5 percent difference, in comparison to the good old spirometer for lung function tests.
Finally, the take way here is that these innovative devices and apps represent only the tip of the iceberg for the clinical applications of the iPhone and other such smartphones.
By Ambereen Ahmed
Edited By Leigh Haugh
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