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To see how far technology is taking medicine, contrast the AliveCor iPhone ECG (watch video) to traditional electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) machines that cost upwards of $10,000. They both record electrical activity of the heart for analysis, but the iPhone app is portable and cheap and no longer constrained to clinical settings.
AliveCor will demonstrate their iPhone app next week at the Consumer Electronics Show, which I will cover remotely.
Smartphones faster than mainframe computers
As a companion piece to a “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, CBS focused on how touch-screen tablet computers — like the Apple iPad — are helping non-verbal autistic children communicate with their parents. It’s one more example of iPad accessibility and why we think it’s the ideal computing device for seniors.
With his vision, marketing savvy, attention to design & usability details, and ability to deliver total solutions around complete value chains, Steve Jobs revolutionized almost everything he touched, even turning technology into fashion. Those white earbuds, for example, tell people you are cool. The CNET video below takes us through the ups & downs of a career that changed both the tech industry and our culture at large.
In his 2005 “connecting the dots” Stanford commencement speech, Jobs spoke of finding work you love and the inevitability of death, which he described as “the single most important change agent of life.” Jobs said the end of one life makes room for others and told graduates, “your time is limited, so don‘t waste it living someone else’s life.” He concluded by advising them to “Stay hungry; stay foolish.”
Somehow I find it ironic that Jobs later got a Liver transplant ahead of many others because he was wealthy enough to have access to a private jet to get him there stat. I’m not complaining, just reflecting on this as an example of medical ethics issues that I find difficult & fascinating.
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There’s a fairly new option for after-hours medical care that connects you with practitioners anytime, anywhere. It’s called Telehealth or Telemedicine, and it’s offered by companies like American Well, MyNowClinic, and OptumHealth.
Hospitals already use high-speed Internet connections to share medical information among specialists within the facility or in different locations. And they can even put a rural patient in front of a big city specialist miles away. But as Internet use permeates people’s everyday lives, health care professionals are able to connect with patients in real time over any distance without traveling or scheduling an office visit. Previously when you were sick, you had to go to the doctor. Now she can come to you, electronically 24/7. Some services also provide in-home visits by physician assistants to supplement telehealth.
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Telikin is a new all-in-one, touch-screen computer optimized for seniors. It forgoes the Microsoft Windows operating system for a custom version of Linux and is billed as “quite possibly the world’s easiest computer.” Telikin comes with several useful software applications pre-installed, so you can just plug it in, connect to the Internet, and you’re ready to go, according to the website, but it still requires someone capable of doing that. It comes in two sizes with a 18.6-inch or 20-inch display and slightly .
After power-on, the system presents a home screen designed for accessibility. Use the mouse, or tap the always-visible sidebar menu with your finger, to access the applications, which include video chat, email, photos, calendar, address book, weather, news, web browsing, games, calculator, CD & DVD player, file browser, word processor, and common utilities.
Jill bought a high-def webcam for her PC when it went on sale for $40 so she could make Skype video calls with Suzie, her daughter in Houston, and keep up with the two grandkids. Suzie has an Apple iPhone4, which came with FaceTime, but she had to install the free Skype app to talk with her mom. That’s because FaceTime and Skype don’t talk to each other.
Jill found video calls so engaging that she got her 85-year-old mom an iPad 2 so she could be included in the calls and see the great grandkids more often by video chat.
As I wrote in An iPad for All Ages, this is an ideal device for aging parents who have never used a computer. It’s also ideal for connecting with healthcare professionals, but not until different hardware platforms can be on the same call, including iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, television, and enterprise telepresence systems.
I wrote about Video Conferencing for Home Healthcare in March, described the various options, and complained of incompatibilities between systems. Now I’m happy to write this follow-up to say that solutions are on the way. Thanks to the readers who shared their personal experiences and inspired this article.