by Tina Tait
The iPhone, Blackberry and other smart phones are now being regularly used to give medical advice and this trend is on the rise. A recent study on the relationship between medicine and new technologies was conducted by Juniper Research Firm, and this has predicted that the number of downloads of electronic applications related to the healthcare industry in 2012 will exceed 44 million worldwide, a figure that will, according to the study, triple by 2016.
Some professionals criticize the medical mobile applications, claiming their authors, in many cases, are completely unknown and are under-qualified to make such claims, while others sing their praises, claiming that the consumer can now access information with better accuracy then ever before.
Do you need advice on the best medicine to take for a head ache? Just search for the perfect application on your mobile and it will recommend the right drug.
Do you need help calculating recommended doses for your child? Download 'Fever Children Plus' at a very small cost.
'Cry Translator' another application, for example, helps explain why a baby cries and offers tips on how to help, while 'iHeart' can be used to measure heart rates. Health & Fitness' downloads are also beginning to sweep the market. Find help on anything from how to eat properly, to what exercises are appropriate for abdominal muscles, to getting a proper night's sleep. These are among many thousands of examples made available.
Technological advances are not only benefiting consumers, but also health-care practitioners. Applications are being used as portable diagnostic tools and to quickly access medical records and historical data of patients. These recent developments could have an impact on lowering health care costs and stream lining the industry, which is good news in a depressed economy where technology seems to have no bounds.