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Rescued by the Phone

Posted August 23, 2011 7:23 AM

Here's an interesting case study documenting successful use of an iPhone cardiac monitoring app. After experiencing shocks from his implant, the patient called his physician and was instructed to upload the monitoring data for remote review at the clinic. The doctor shares screenshots depicting how the data look on his end and reports that the mobile-based evaluation prevented a trip to the emergency room. Do you rely on any mobile health apps or have any experience with them?

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08/24/2011 8:12 AM

What has this got to do with the Iphone? He texted pictures of a cardiac monitor to his doctor?

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08/24/2011 9:01 AM

Try following the link and actually reading the article.

Nobody texted pictures of a cardiac monitor.

After the patient uploaded cardiac event data on his end, the physician "checked the Medtronic Carelink app on my iPhone. This application lets doctors and device management personnel view all of the information uploaded from pacemakers and defibrillators that we normally review in our device clinics on our iPhones instead."

Isn't technology wonderful?

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08/24/2011 9:21 AM

I read the entire article. The patient uploaded data from a cardiac monitor. (presumably by using Medtronic equipment). Using your iphone, you logged into apples app that lets you view the data. My point is that you have taken what could be a completely open source capable function and pushed it into a proprietary pipe. Good for you. Is technology wonderful? Yes.

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08/24/2011 9:18 AM

Iphones circuitry were not designed to function nor do any form of physiological monitoring. Any persons, both patients and doctors together who decide and encourage the use of that device for such clinical applications are putting the patient's life in danger, and the MDs for malpractice! I don't think they can file a lawsuit against Apple after the fact?

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