Necrotizing Fasciitis: Your Doctor Has An App To Diagnose That

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Dr. Steven Greer of the Health Care Channel recently interviewed Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at The Ohio State College of Medicine and Justin Harper, fourth year medical student about Ohio State’s use of the iPod Touch/iPhone as a medical tool.  Ohio State College of Medicine now issues iPods to all of its students and residents so  they can have the latest information at their fingertips.  This allows even doctors-in-training to run through considerations that they may not have thought about when diagnosing illnesses like necrotizing fasciitis.  The power a device like this has as a teaching tool is transformative.

While this is not necessarily a novel idea (the program has been in place for a couple of years), this is the first time you can get a glimpse of what the applications look like.  Ohio State University Medical Center is also building new applications; of course, we can’t tell you about those, yet.

Increased use and adoption of iPhones and iPods as medical tools or devices sparked some question about whether the FDA may try to regulate use of these devices.  Justin believes that this tool will become a pivotal part of the way we conduct medicine.  What do you think? 

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