In this digital age, computers are relied on more and more for medical decision making.  Often, doctors have to look at and share digital images to help in diagnosis and treatment of many conditions.  This has traditionally been done at computer workstations, but a team of researchers from Pittsburg School of Medicine wondered whether handheld devices like the iPhone would work equally well.

In the study, Ophthalmologists evaluated aspects of diabetic retinopathy, a potentially blinding disease, by reviewing both the standard computer monitor and iPhone images for 55 patients. The doctors then made recommendations for follow up treatment.

“There were no significant differences between evaluations and recommendations using the two systems, and the doctors rated the iPhone images as excellent,” said Dr. Michael J. Pokabla. “We conclude that mobile devices like the iPhone can be used to evaluate ophthalmic images,” he added.

Videoconferencing is another way technology is changing medicine, by bringing experts to emergency rooms and to remote medical centers

“Videoconferencing is a sustainable, effective way of providing prompt eye management advice to rural emergency doctors,” Dr. Christolyn Raj said

. “Although it can never replace face to face clinical care, it is a useful tool to have at one’s fingertips and its use will undoubtedly increase in coming years,” she added.

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