With sensors, apps & data, my smartphone is (almost) my doctor

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  1. Also reminds me of this trend, that today, most of healthcare is “after the event happens” can soon change to “as the event is happening” – tracking the changing parameters in the body and predicting events would be huge.

  2. This is the exact reason why hospitals are suddenly investing in SOA and enterprise service bus technology. Just around the corner waits consumerization of the annual physical (and maybe through mobile devices, it isn’t annual but whenever necessary based on health condition).

    Healthcare is moving rapidly into digitization, making all of this possible, thanks to money spent in 2009 to stem the disintegrating economy. The American Recovery Act created carrots and sticks that push healthcare to digitize, making our iPhones extensions of our doctors. Amazing.

    This gives us stories like Mercy Health in St Louis, where they are doing early warning of sepsis throughout their hospitals, a practice that can easily become many other early warning abilities:

    http://successfulworkplace.com/2012/09/27/big-data-is-watching-a-million-fireflies/

  3. Om, this is going to be really great but I suspect the monitoring will be most useful for basic vital signs like b.p., pulse, heart rhythm, etc. Some things are more complex and still require a doctor for examination (until we get robots that are remote controlled and have very good sensors), for example if a neurologist is performing an exam that requires some specialized equipment. Also, let the world know when these guys can bring personalized in-the-home MRI machines to the masses!

    1. Eddie

      As a patient who deals with many medical issues, these basic data sets actually are enough to make smart decisions about life and what to do on a daily basis for me. I do so manually currently and I can totally see the promise of these type of devices. I think we have barely scratched the surface.

  4. I use a digital scale with wifi that records my weight, BMI, etc. and keeps data in cloud as well as on devices. It has been very helpful keeping for obvious reasons. I also have a BP monitor that plugs into iPhone (from same company) and can send that data to doc, cloud, etc. In my experience, the only way to lose weight is to log it, and the only way to see if meds are working is to log vitals. Great stuff.

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