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Telehealth Services Provide Remote Patients Link to Doctors

Telehealth Services Provide Remote Patients Link to Doctors | Health Studies Updates | Scoop.it

Recently, 1,400 researchers stationed in the South Pole didn't have to wait-out the brutal six month winter to speak with a doctor. Those who needed the advice of a physician could do so on a "telemedicine" network operated by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and powered by Polycom.

In fact, Polycom powers a number of telemedicine services around the globe, providing people in rural environments access to top-notch healthcare.

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Smartphones become labs

Smartphones become labs | Health Studies Updates | Scoop.it
Researchers developed a system that turns smartphones into mobile medical labs that record and send data to health professionals.

"This method makes heart rate research more inexpensive, portable and straightforward," said James Heathers, the PhD student from the University of Sydney School of Psychology who came up with the idea.

Data on tiny fluctuations in our heart rate provides critical information on the state of our nervous system, and is essential for a range of psychological research including on anger, anxiety, stress and self-control. It is also used to monitor people's health after operations and has wide applications in sports science.

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