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Improving Public Health One App At A Time

March 1, 2011

Got high blood pressure? There's an app for that.

There's one for diabetes too. Another app that will watch your weight -- and report it to your doctor, Nextgov.com reported.

Smart phones, cell phones and home computers are just waiting to launch the next big revolution in health care, said Robert Jarring, senior director for government affairs at the wireless communications innovator Qualcomm Inc.

Wireless mobile devices can become an ever-present link between patient and doctor. A blood pressure cuff that connects to your cell phone can transmit blood pressure and heart rate data to your doctor's office daily if necessary. In the same way, a glucometer can transfer blood sugar level readings to a cell phone, which then calls it in to the doctor. Wireless scales work the same way.

The equipment already is available through medical supply dealers, Jarring said. "But not a lot of people know it exists."

Qualcomm and the National Institutes of Health hope to begin changing that this summer. The company and the agency are planning a weeklong summer institute on mobile health starting June 20 in San Diego. To read more, click here.

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