According to a recent paper in the Emergency Medicine Journal, smartphones could be a substitute for computer screens for tele-consultation by physicians working in emergency settings.
In this paper, Constance Boissin from Professor Laflamme's group at Karolinska institute in Stockholm Sweden found the following:
- Images viewed on handheld devices, on both smartphones and tablets, are perceived by medical experts as of better quality than when viewed on a computer screen.
- Smartphones and tablets outperformed standard, non-radiological computers for ECGs, X-rays, clinical photographs of dermatological conditions and burn wounds.
This study supports our own observations while doing telemedicine work in the United States of America for the past several years.
We have used smartphones very successfully at every point of care from clinics, to the emergency room, to the inpatient setting.
In fact, we have designed a patent-pending telemedicine cart based on smartphones which we have deployed in more than 30 hospitals:
Click here to watch a video showcasing the MITEE 2.0, smartphone based telemedicine system. (credit: Wichita Business Journal)
This technology represents a revolution in medicine.