As FDA gets closer to defining what personal devices and apps need approval, questions remain on how doctors should handle resulting data
The health care industry is abuzz about wireless sensors that can monitor patients outside the hospital, providing quick alerts before a medical crisis ensues, saving money and keeping patients from experiencing the worst conditions. There are even several efforts under way to create a medical tricorder à la the device made famous in the "Star Trek" series, with one contact-based "tricorder" device promised for later this year.
In the mobile industry, there's a growing list of health-oriented apps and sensors that regular individuals can buy, from pedometers like theNike+ product line for iOS and heart-rate monitoring apps like Instant Heart Rate for Android to general wellness-tracking apps like Fitbit. We're getting medically wired both at the professional and consumer ends, with the lines blurring between what people do and what their providers do -- just as the work/home balance has become irrevocably blurred for so many businesses.