An overview piece on some approaches to more aggressive use of technology to:
- Monitor patients’ health more proactively with networked devices, ranging from wirelessly networked medicine bottle lids to worn or embedded sensors that report back on vital signs;
- Coordinate care with the help of analytic tools in the cloud and a wealth of individual and collective patient data; and
- Connect physicians directly with patients over PCs or mobile devices for between-appointment follow-ups.
And of course the easy, an obvious applications for iPads (imaging, not just x-rays), particularly with the latest model and its HD display.
And the usual obstacles and challenges to making this happen, ranging from privacy considerations to compensation.