Friday, December 14, 2012

15 of 15 startups building apps for healthcare

Selene Mota, MIT Media Lab
This is the conclusion of my 15-part series on the thrilling, disruptive potential of "mHealth."

Over the last three weeks, I have highlighted 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.

Here's a new way to monitor your movements.

Using “wockets” (small, cheap, wearable accelerometers that relay a subject’s movements to an iPhone), Selene Mota, a PhD candidate in the MIT Media Lab, is developing software that can detect compulsive rocking in people with autism, as well as tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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