Tuesday, December 04, 2012

7 of 15 startups building apps for healthcare

Flag your pulse problems!

“Stethoscopes are mobile, but doctors aren’t, “says Thomas Brennan, a head researcher at Oxford University. 

So he and his team are using low-cost parts — such as the microphone of a Nokia cell phone — to create a device that allows untrained health workers to record a heartbeat and send it to doctors for analysis.

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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