When your carpet calls your doctor: The coming convergence of wireless communications, social networking and medicine will transform health care
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 11/04/2010 23:23
Is it possible that amid all the hoopla about Apple's iPad, one potential use has been overlooked? Larry Nathanson, head of emergency-medicine "informatics" at one of Harvard Medical School's hospitals, has experimented with using the device in the casualty ward. He writes that "initial tests with our clinical applications went amazingly well...the EKGs look better onscreen than on paper. It was great having all of the clinical information right at the bedside to discuss with the patient."
Dr Nathanson's enthusiasm hints at the potential of wireless gadgets to improve health care, and to ensure more personalised treatment in particular. Pundits have long predicted that advances in genetics will usher in a golden age of individually tailored therapies. But in fact it is much lower-tech wireless devices and internet-based health software that are precipitating the mass customisation of health care, and creating entirely new business models in the process.