Smartphones as microscopes

Summary:A UCLA doctor has developed a technology that lets a smartphone work as a microscope. The potential for field delivery of medical care is tremendous.

Here at ZDNet Health we love to cover clever uses of mobile devices.

Dr. Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA has gone way beyond clever, and developed a technology with the potential to dramatically change healthcare delivery. He has developed a way to put microanalysis tools on cell phones, basically turning them into inexpensive and portable mobile microscopes. This lets healthcare workers in hard-to-reach locations accurately diagnose and treat patients outside the traditional healthcare setting.

Although this may be extremely helpful in situations where no hospital care is available, especially in developing nations, it might also help bring down healthcare costs right here in the U.S.

Watch this YouTube video to see a smartphone become a go anywhere medical diagnostic device.

Topics: Health, Mobility

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Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse who also has 20 years of operations, logistics, and editorial management experience. She is the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.Denise co-founded ZATZ Publishing, and has been the managing editor... Full Bio

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