Most people associate the Apple iPhone with the consumer, but with the impending version 2.0 update that adds Exchange ActiveSync and 3rd party application support I think businesses and the enterprise are starting to think of how the iPhone will fit into their plans. Palm OS devices in the past were always well known in the medical community (and probably still are) for the applications and reference material they provided. This morning an iPhone-optimized web application was announced that aids the consumer with healthcare decisions and gives us a glimpse into what may be coming from 3rd parties later this summer.
A.D.A.M. Inc. announced the A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator web application. This interactive tool lets iPhone users match medical symptoms with relevant assessments and appropriate treatments. The tool can help you decide if you can treat yourself for minor issues or if you need to see a doctor. Visit iphone.adam.com on your iPhone to use this new tool. The Symptom Navigator takes advantage of the touch display on the iPhone and you can tap on the image of a body to designate where the pain is being felt.
I know I will be using this tool, as I prefer to make informed decisions before seeking professional medical care and with three daughters who are involved in sports I am often evaluting symptoms. You may see me pulling out my iPhone during my next softball or basketball game and now you know I am not just checking email.