Fathers will get ultrasound scans sent to their mobile phones...
A new technology will enable fathers to receive ultrasound scans of their unborn babies on their cell phones or laptops.
The device, which transmits video images via the 3G mobile phone network was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, earlier this month.
Dr Topol, chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, which promotes the use of mobile phone technology in healthcare, explained that new technology was originally designed to send ultrasound videos to doctors, friends and family, but could eventually be used to broadcast the examination to “Facebook, Twitter and the whole social networking scene”.
Dr Topol also showed the crowd an Apple iPhone application able to check vital sign of patient anywhere in the world. During the demo Dr Topol displayed the heart rate and temperature of a patient in intensive care in Texas.
Another device, called Pixx, is able to measure heart performance to check for early signs of heart failure.
Dr Topol said mobile phone applications have been developed to spot the early warning signs of the top ten causes of hospitalizations in the US, including Alzheimers, breast cancer and diabetes.
He said the technology had the potential to save hundreds of millions of dollars by allowing doctors to act pre-emptively and avoid expensive hospital treatment.
“These things are empowering consumers to take charge of their health. You know how we check our emails? Next year we will be sitting here with a Band-Aids on checking our vital signs.”
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