How the Internet, iPhone, and iPad will change medicine

As medical apps are becoming more popular, doctors and patients are starting to use them. But eventually the data gathered from its users will be a gold mine of information for researchers to tap into — in the same way Google and Facebook have unraveled our browsing habits and sharing tastes.
Written by Boonsri Dickinson, Contributing Editor

Doctors are apparently salivating at the thought of owning an iPad, so they can show patients their records on screen through graphs. Plus the tech gadgets are on the national agenda to boast healthcare practices. For instance, the Federal Communications Commission wants to give more bandwidth to encourage the development of medical apps and ease the transmission of online records.

According to The Washington Post's writer Ceclia Kang:

As for healthcare, the idea is that if you are in rural area with a unique condition, you can talk to a specialist in Los Angeles, for example, exchange video files and xrays to diagnose your condition and get over-the-Web treatment.

That's the idea, at least. And the FCC has made recommendations to other agencies (Education, Energency, Health and Human Services ) to carry out policies that put broadband at the center.

In the meantime, you can also access medical apps that can help you keep track of your personal health or find out information on-the-go. Nature has hand-picked 10 apps for medicine, including an asthma tracker, diabetic diary, and a medical marijuana dispensary one.

As more medical apps make their way to smart phones, expect more news like the widely publicized one on CNN: Trapped father in Haiti survived the rubble with some help from his iPhone app.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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