Can your smartphone replace your doctor? Probably not, but they can make his or her job a whole lot easier. And make you healthier, too.
According to Research2Guidance.com, there are approximately 15,000 consumer health apps available today - 25% of which are free. The consulting firm predicts as many as 500 million people will be using health care mobile apps by 2015.
That sounds about right to Dr. Eric Topol, a California cardiologist who, in his new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, writes we will soon be checking our vital signs on our phones.
This revolution in medicine, he said in a phone interview, is about "rebooting medicine" so patients will finally be able to take charge of their health.
"Now we have these new tools including sensors that can talk to your phone and measure any metric that makes you tick," Topol says. "We have all these new tools that can basically lay out the whole story of an individual, from what they're at risk for, what medications might work, what will cause side effects."