Some Uses for Mobile Phones in Medicine
While Palm Pilot and Pocket PC are the more common handheld devices, the iPhone is gaining in popularity. To find medical applications for the iPhone, simply browse the "medical" category of the iTunes app store.
Medical Student Education-Over the next two years, each Ohio State College of Medicine student will receive a standard iPod Touch, equipped with specific medical software programs planned by the OSU College of Medicine.
Drug Information-Lexi-Comp is available on BlackBerry, Window Mobile and iPhone. Epocrates and many other drug information resources are available on various smartphone platforms.
Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring- iPhone Telemedicine Application which allows physicians to monitor vital signs of ambulant and home care patients at any time from their phone. Patients are given a small device which transmits their vitals to a secure server. Physicians can connect to the server with their iPhone to monitor the vital signs.
Medical Imaging-Well IBM and Merge Healthcare have decided to join together to provide a method to deliver medical images to an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Several articles have been written about radiology using iPods as a portable storage and viewing device.