"Will mobile devices replace doctors in 2013?" Outrageous thinking, perhaps, but there’s no question that significant changes to our healthcare system are coming.
While doctors obviously won’t be replaced entirely, their roles are certainly changing. The integration of their roles with technology like mobile devices is now unfolding. Mobile devices are making inroads for both routine and specialized medical procedures.
Machine-to-machine technology enables the development of hardware, like an iPhone case that takes an ECG and stores the data within an app on the mobile device. In that instance, the patient’s doctor can then monitor the data and identify abnormalities immediately. Another example is a wireless chip that fits in the top of a prescription bottle and connects to the patient’s mobile device. A phone call reminds them if they forget to take their pill, automatically orders refills from the pharmacy and updates their doctor on their adherence to the prescription.