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Proliferation of medical apps creates opportunity, caution
North Bay Business Journal

More patients than ever are communicating with their doctors through computer screens and smartphones, and health-care mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are helping doctors and patients with everything from record-keeping to diagnostics and monitoring. The new technology is also helping health care facilities curb costs and enhance patient access, and allows patients take more control of their own health.

For doctors, apps range from access to databases about drugs and diseases to sophisticated monitors that read a person’s blood pressure, EKG’s, glucose levels or asthma symptoms remotely.

For patients, they can see a doctor or get a prescription without traveling to an office and sitting in a waiting room. Apps can keep track of their medical records, remind them to take their medications on time, record and send vital information to their doctor, and take their child’s temperature.