Smartphones And Telemedicine

A study funded by the Arizona Department of Health Services gives a thumbs up on the use of smartphones as a means of collecting and transmitting medical data for neurological patients in telemedicine situations. Telemedicine describes where medical consultations can be provided at a distance, in areas where specialist (or even physicians) are "thin on the ground". Medical data from a smartphone app was compared to those made by traditional methods:

The scans were reviewed by radiologists in Yuma and a separate adjudication panel of stroke neurologists to determine the level of agreement between these traditional interpretation routes and new images and scans on smartphones interpreted by telestroke doctors. The study found a high level of agreement (92 to 100 percent) among all the reviewers over the most important radiological features.


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