Long ago in a keynote far far away Steve jobs promised medical devices connected to our iOS devices. Some of the prophesied devices are beginning to hit the market. It is an interesting concept considering how common and ubiquitous consumer tech is becoming in even the medical field.
That is why when we saw the iHealth we were slightly startled. In reality is makes great sense to only have to lug around and use a single device instead of needing dedicated equipment. The prospects of so heavily relying upon our beloved Apple devices for things like our health does leave us slightly concerned. That stems from our worry that the iOS devices might not be as accurate as a normal dedicated medical device.
Where this does show real promise is in hopefully lowering the bar to users. Hopefully the new devices will encourage and enable otherwise skittish patients to use their medical monitoring devices instead of leaving them in the box. Additionally a real advantage such devices could offer in the future would be help reduce the costs of medical monitoring devices. The legion of retiring baby booms means that any way to further streamline and reduce the costs of medicine will become a big business. Hopefully soon devices such as the iHealth will become common.
What is your opinion on the prospect of your iOS device as medical instrument?