13 Medical Enhancements for Apple iPhones.
Apple Inc. has always been setting new standards for others to follow. Be it for developing new products or improving its already ahead of time products. With the latest entry of iPhone 6 it has once again stormed the market with 6 being sold out as usual.
Apple develops all his products in-house. They have a team dedicated to design a product, technical team to incorporate amazing powers in a small body, software team to provide its product with a stable OS which makes sure all system runs without any glitches and many other departments which ensures that the quality is never compromised.
Owing to all these factors Apple products has helped many innovators to develop product enhancements. Majority of these enhancements are being used for Medical purpose.
I have done a bit of research for it as I was looking for an enhancement to go with a product I was handling a few years back. I was able to compile a list of 13 medical enhancements for IPhones which would benefit different type of patients and medical professionals alike.
Point to note is that these enhancements have been developed by different innovators and are not available on any of the Apple store so please do not read this and go to an Apple store and ask for them. Only the apps for these enhancements can be found on the Apple store and I mean the e-store. So if you are in the medical field or are interested in gadgets or even want to show-off you can go ahead and get your hands on one of these toys.
It helps in viewing the inner ear with magnification. You can even take a picture of the same for reference and reporting purpose. It has been approved by FDA.
IPhone portable EKG:
This recently approved device by FDA was invented by Dr. David Albert for the immediate access to a person’s heart. This is especially useful in testing patients at remote area and can become a good source for ‘Telemedicine’ in future.
This is one of the weirdest one. We are actually using a phone as a microscope. Though it is tempting we need to see how it will compare to the traditional microscope. If it becomes cheap with might even see the CSI team using it at the crime scene itself to speed up the investigation process.
I am thinking that if we can have a microscope someone somewhere will be working on a telescope app and enhancement as well for IPhone, you never know.
My personal favorite, every house now has a diabetic person so a Glucometer enhancement will receive a big welcome. Currently there are not many used as people are not willing to spend more than $1000 for this enhancement and an iPhone when they can get a glucometer free. But future hold many possibility and one might be that they will be covered in the medical insurance.
With the 20X magnification and a polarized light you can have a clear picture of the skin lesions. I was not able to check its price while researching for it but I assume it will be on par with real Dermatoscope. Only concern remains is how accurate is this product.
It will be immediately banned in India as determining child’s sex is illegal. On a different note it is a very useful attachment for a medical practitioner when he is in the field or it will be useful in the telemedicine arena. This will provide immediate report and help in taking faster action and decision.
IPhone Petri dish:
This enhancement helps in identification of microbes with the petri dish process. I haven’t been able to get more information on this but would love to know how it can be useful. If you get any information I would love if you could share it.
IPhone to Aid slit lamp:
It is helpful to look at the back of the retina and can also be used to take high resolution pictures and videos.
IPhone Blood Pressure monitors:
The digital meter for measuring Blood Pressure by Omron has not able to get the market completely and there is still a heavy reliance on the judgement of the medical practitioner using traditional method. I am also a bit sceptical about this device. To actually make an impact a serious effort will be needed to prove this device actually works and proper marketing will be the key to its success.
IPhone Spirometer and Breathalyser:
It works on the sound waves generated by the human voice. As a breathalyser it can be used to detect alcohol levels. The government would like to hand their officers an IPhone just to test the breath of the people but I bet it will only increase ‘Candy Crush’ request on Facebook.
It is an instrument used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, typically used in spectroscopic analysis to identify materials. You can measure blood glucose, chemicals, drug of abuse and forensics team can also make a good use thus helping immediate analysis of material and help catching criminals.
IPhone Bio assembler system:
It records and interprets the movement of cell culture.
IPhone brain scanner:
This device is still in the development phase. It can bring a revolution in the field specially for the incentive care patients who are bound to bed.
There are many more enhancements in the market and some in development phase. I hope to keep updating this list with more innovative products. I am also working on an article about apps on iPhone related to Medical and Health. If you know about any other enhancements or apps do let me know and I will try and include it in my article.
iPhone has come a long way from being just a phone to something of next level. The Android based systems are trying to catch up but as I mentioned earlier Apple has always developed products ahead of its time. So let us wait and watch the scenario how much further Apple will attract the innovator and how will the Android based system catch up.
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