Imagine a comprehensive, clinically relevant well-patient checkup using only smartphone-based devices. The data is immediately readable and fully uploadable to an electronic health record. The patient understands – and even participates – in the interaction far beyond faking a cough and gulping a deep breath.
Johns Hopkins medical student and Medgadget editor Shiv Gaglani says it is not only possible, but may in fact be the checkup of the future. Gaglani and a team of current and future physicians will do a first-of-its kind demo of a “smartphone physical” for hundreds of attendees at TEDMED 2013.
The checkup will capture quantitative and qualitative data, ranging from simple readings of weight and blood pressure to more complex readings such as heart rhythm strips and optic discs. Measurements and instruments will include:
• Body analysis using an iHealth Scale.
• Blood pressure reading using a Withings BP Monitor.
• Oxygen saturation/pulse measured simultaneously with blood pressure,
using an Masimo iSpO2 placed on the left ring finger.
• Visual acuity via an EyeNetra phone case.
• Optic disc visualization using a Welch Allyn iExaminer case attached to a
• Ear drum visualization with a CellScope phone case.
• Lung function using a SpiroSmart Spirometer app to conduct a
•Heart electrophysiology using the AliveCor Heart Monitor.
•Body sounds: A digital stethoscope from ThinkLabs auscultates and amplifies the sounds of a patients lungs and heart.
• Carotid artery visualization using a Mobisante probe.