playing doctor with the iphone

Below is a video from Nature Medicine. It’s intended to introduce the journal’s readers — I imagine MDs and PhDs — to iPhone apps from the iTunes Medical category. Not a bad idea. When I posted a couple of weeks ago my take on whether or not the public needs doctor navigators when getting health info from the internet (Not!) I said at the end the docs ought to check-out the iPhone apps if they want an eye-opening experience. Here’s the Nature Medicine’s video.
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I suppose some people will feel there is something forbidden about a non-physician looking at the Medical apps and will avoid them, but there’s nothing that prohibits them from downloading and using them. You don’t need a license or degree to download, say, the Drugs and Medications app, or the Instant ECG: An Electrocardiogram Rhythms Guide, or the Stethoscope Expert app. Anybody can download any of them. I’ve got the University of Maryland Medical Center Medical Reference on my iPhone right now. I’ve had others.
My point is just this: some doctors are freaked-out that their patients are getting access to health information over the net. It troubles them and I suspect the medical profession wishes the internet would just go away. The truth is, not only is the internet not going away, direct access to information and information tools formerly available to doctors exclusively is more readily available to the public with each passing day. Millions of people are already walking around with health and medical information tools in their pockets or purses. This availability is on the verge of explosive expansion because many entrepreneurs see a golden opportunity in the public’s well-documented desire for health and medical information. My recommendation to the medical community is to get with it and start participating in projects to help make this development as constructive as possible for all concerned.

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