Got a Smartphone? Get a Rhythm.

By Patricia Salber

First posted 10/03/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

There are so many really cool mobile devices and apps out there now.  Here is one I particularly love:  the iPhone ECG.  That’s right folks, click on a cover with embedded sensors and you convert your iPhone 4 into a ECG machine.  There are also business-card sized iCard ECG that you can attach with velcro to the iPhone 3Gs or an iPad. There is also an Android version.

When you hold the phone between two hands or put it on your chest and you detect and automatically upload what the developer, Dr. David Albert, says is a “clinical quality” snapshot of your heart’s rhythm (Lead 1). It is stored on the device and well as being as transmitted and stored on the company, AliveCor‘s servers. It that way it can be made available “instantly” to doctors “anywhere in the world.”

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Smartphone Apps for ER Docs – Yeah!


Originally published 2/7/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

Thanks to Sam Ko, MD and the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (Cal/ACEP)  for this list of  iPhone Apps for Emergency Medicine.  The info in this post was first published  in Cal/ACEP January 2011 newsletter:  Lifeline.

I love it that ER docs are using their smart phones as reference books – it is so much better than when I was in the ER  – slinking off to the doctor’s room to look up stuff in the PDR or whatever new (or mostly old) Emergency Medicine text books happened to be on the ER book shelves.  Once I looked up stuff I couldn’t remember, I could go back to the patient and/or family and look and sound knowledgeable about the topic at hand.

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