What it is: A study found that an iPhone app proved more accurate in measuring blood flow than traditional methods.
The iPhone has wiped out multiple separate items including the iPod, voice recorders, GPS devices, and paper maps. Now the iPhone may be targeting the health industry. According to a study by the University of Ottawa, scientists found that a smartphone app performed a better wrist-artery blood flow assessment than a traditional physical examination when used on patients undergoing coronary angiography.
A total of 438 participants were split into two groups: one group was assessed using the app and the other was assessed using a “gold-standard traditional physical examination”, known as the Allen test. The smartphone app had a diagnostic accuracy of 94 per cent compared with 84 per cent using the traditional method.
While the study cautions that this particular smartphone app isn’t certified for medical care, it does demonstrate how technology has made the iPhone versatile enough to perform tasks traditionally found only in dedicated equipment.
What this means is that in the future, health monitoring apps for smartphones and wearable computers can give individuals the chance to monitor their own health symptoms accurately. Doing so allows the user to track their health symptoms with an accuracy not possible in the past. Would such a health app ever been possible with a Blackberry or Nokia smartphone?
In the future, expect your iPhone to help you monitor your health and help you stay on track to whatever dietary or health goals you might have. With health care getting more expensive, technology can help lower costs and bring health care to the people who need it (or at least the ones who can afford an iPhone).