mobile diagnostics

Modern medicine depends heavily on the reliability, accessibility, completeness and fast transmission of information, both about the collected body of medical knowledge, and about every patient. Computerisation was an obvious first step towards achieving this; tapping into the mobile phone network is the obvious next one. A range of creative applications use the power of the phones both as mobile internet and communications devices, and as surprisingly sophisticated field diagnostic equipment.

Also, in a useful reminder that constant monitoring and a quick response time can make a critical difference, distributing free cellphones to volunteers in Rwanda has dramatically slashed maternal mortality rates in the district.

This is one of those things that pretty much everyone could and did predict, but it’s still nice to see it actually happening.

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