Friday, November 30, 2012

5 of 15 startups building apps for healthcare

Help you Breathe!

“People don’t like to do breathing exercises, but when they do, they feel better,” says Leslie Saxon, head of the University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing. 

With that in mind, she’s building a game that has asthmatics and heart patients blow into their smartphone mic to move a ball or fly a magic carpet across a landscape. 

Scores are then sent to doctors.

Read her blog at

And watch her TED Talk at

In this 15-part series on the thrilling, disruptive potential of "mHealth," I highlight businesses using mobile technology in health care.

Leveraging the wonders of a device that's fast becoming ubiquitous – two in three people worldwide own a cell phone – a new generation of startups is building apps and add-ons that make your handheld work like high-end medical equipment.

Cheaper, sleeker, and a lot more versatile.

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