As a follow-up to my post yesterday about my heart attack, I thought I would share some of the innovations happening in the medical industry.
The first story hits pretty close to home — literally. San Diego-based Dr. Joshua Topol is the Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, and is a practicing cardiologist. On a flight home from Washington D.C., Topol responded to the pilot’s intercom request for a doctor to assist another passenger.
That day on the airplane, Dr. Topol displayed the potential of wireless medicine when he snapped an AliveCor device onto his iPhone and performed a cardiogram at 30,000 feet. Using this portable, cellphone powered device, Topol was able to see that the passenger was definitely having a heart attack and he recommended an urgent landing. The passenger was rushed to the hospital and survived.
In other news, the size of the new iPad mini makes it perfect for fitting inside of the typical lab coat pocket:
Epocrates, a maker of point-of-care applications for medical professionals, gathered data from 48 different physicians that use its products. One in three of those physicians said they are planning to purchase an iPad mini due to its convenient small size.
With a height of 7.87 inches and a width of just 5.3 inches, the iPad mini also passed what Epocrates called the “lab coat test.” Lab coats worn by medical professionals have pockets sized 8.5 inches high and 7.5 inches wide, which means the device can be easily carried by a physician.