Several ongoing projects are evaluating the usefulness of cell phones as a tool in health care delivery. Those ubiquitous cell phones that can be so annoying at times, might just be the latest tool to help advance medical care.
One project from MIT is focusing on the cell phone’s video capability that would allow emergency responders send video images while en route to the hospital so that a physician could assess the patient before arriving at the hospital.
Another project is a pilot program from Blue Cross that would allow physicians to access electronic health records via their cell phone. Other programs are providing a web site for patients to set up regularly scheduled reminders, delivered via a text message, about taking medications.
A key issue with these applications is security and patient privacy, including those times when a cell phone is lost.
For more details see the iHealthBeat blog.