Today’s smartphones are devices with advanced computing capabilities and connectivity which also have a wide range of built-in sensors. These features make the smartphones a good platform for telehealth, health-related services and information via telecommunications.
Using smartphones and communication networks it is possible for practitioners and patients to collect remote aggregate health data, provide care via mobile telemedicine, and real-time monitoring of patients. Different systems have been developed, that take advantage of the new technologies and devices.
Autodiagnosis and telemedicine
- Poket Doc is like having a doctor in your pocket. It allows you to search for and compare information about health services and pricing based on location, condition or a doctor’s speciality.
- Scanadu (available in 2014) is an app connected with a scanner device packet with sensors to check the temperature, heart rate, oximetry, ecg wave, heart’s beats, pulse, urine analysis and stress. The app keeps the report with all the information and it contacts to the doctor in case of emergency.
- uCheck analyzes the urine. Users have to purchase a kit containing urine test strips that can be visually analyzed with the iPhone’s camera.
- Mango Health lets patients monitor their use of medications by setting up schedules for taking their medication. When it is time to take the medications, it reminds them through notifications.
- Asthmapolis is connected with a sensor that patients can place on the inhaler. The app collects all the data and information. It is used by doctors to monitor asthma symptoms and create the patients report.
- Dr. Diabetes provides diabetes awareness, monitoring and management to patients with chronic illness. It provides medical data (via the cloud) to physicians for accurate diagnosis.
- AirStrip allows doctors check in on patients and review their vitals, cardiac waveforms, medications, intakes and outputs, and allergies. The phone is connected to a bedside monitor and send the collected data to doctors or caregivers through cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
- GI Monitor is an app that helps patients with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis track their symptoms and provide accurate data to physicians for optimal treatment. Data is synchronized across all platforms in real-time and users can print out easy-to-read reports for their physicians.
- RheumaTrack is a patient diary app which record pain on the VAS scale. Patients have to record their pain, use of medication and activities. All this information is useful for the doctors.