Sunday, August 14, 2011

Digital Medical Instruments for Your Phone

The effect of the smartphone on technological advances is undeniable. With apps for everything these days people are expanding to a peripheral market to expand the functionality of smartphone products. If you are in medicine, there are some fun gadgets you might consider adding to your black bag arsenal of portable instruments.

Smartphone Adjuncts

Of course you could use your phone as a reflex hammer, but that is just not as exciting as having a few gadgets and gizmos on hand. So if you are looking for a medical gift or something to put on your wish list you might consider some of these ideas that are sure to draw some attention from your coworkers. Many of these have either received FDA approval or are in the process of doing so and will be available for purchase soon. The majority of these devices are expanding use beyond the Apple operating system so keep an eye out for developments if you do not already use the iPhone.

  • Price - $90
  • Designed for iPhone/iPod but it looks like it would function in any headphone jack
  • App not needed
  • Other - iStethoscope Pro app ($0.99), Does not require attachment
Pulse Oximeter
  • Price - Unknown
  • Designed for iPhone and works with Android, Windows etc
  • App required
 Blood Pressure Monitor
  • Price - $130
  • Designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod
  • App required
Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Price - Less than $100
  • Designed for iPhone and iPod Touch, plans to be available for other operating systems
  • App required
Blood Glucose Monitor
  • Price - $1,200
  • Designed for iPhone 4
  • App required ($5.00) Compatible on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Can be used without the attachment.
  • Price - $7,500
  • Not currently available on a smartphone but expected to integrate that function eventually
  • Available only to medical professionals and comes with visualization device
The practicality of some of these devices is obvious. When traveling or doing house calls to friends and family they could definitely be useful to have on hand. If you are aware of any similar products, I would love to add them to the list. Please take a minute to comment on them below with any information you have found.

Question of the Week
A mother brings in her 3 year old child for a well-baby office visit. She is concerned her child is not progressing normally because he has not memorized his own name, address and phone number? You explain that children are expected to obtain these skills at which of the following ages?

A. 12 months
B. 3 years
C. 5 years
D. 7 years
E. 9 years

Answer & Explanation


    1. i have a niece who will turn 5 years old this October. At the moment, she already memorized her name and address but not yet with phone number. So I think at 5 years old, normal children already have good memory skills. By the way, my niece also knows the complete names of her mother, father, brother, and even our (immediate relative) names.

    2. Nanei, she sounds very intelligent. It seems that some children are ahead of the curve and others slightly behind. This question just looks at the expected level of memory children should have by a certain age. There are so many ways to measure development that it can be hard to remember them all. Thanks for your comment!

    3. Great to read these kind of blogs with much interesting and amazing information.Just saying thanks will not be enough for good clarity on your work..

    4. I have meet up with my friend 3days ago and we had a good time and talked about his child. I don't know if its true and still wondering, is it true that a 2 years old child can count numbers, do basic addition and subtraction and sing the alphabet letters? the kid also can memorize the photos in the alphabet. by the way the child's name was Diana.

    5. Andrew, I suppose anything is possible, but at 2 years of age, this is not the performance one would expect.


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