Smartphone may be the future of medicine

The New York Times reports Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Medical Institute in La Jolla, California, “is only half joking when he says the smartphone is the future of medicine – because most of his patients already seem ‘surgically connected’ to one.”

Still, Topol “says in all seriousness that the smartphone will be a sensor that will help people take better control of their health by tracking it with increasing precision,” and “devices to measure blood pressure, monitor blood sugar, hear heartbeats and chart heart activity are already in the hands of patients” with “more coming.”

However, “he acknowledges that some doctors are skeptical of these devices.”

The piece also lists various apps available for smartphones.

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