Analyst predicts market for iOS-based medical devices to explode

Medical device manufacturers that take advantage of mobile technology are providing one more tool for their customers, sometimes even replacing large capital equipment. Katie Matlack, medical analyst at Software Advice, has taken a look at the impact of the iPad and the iPhone on medical technology in her recent blog "5 Medical Peripherals for the iPad or iPhone."

She notes that a huge benefit of these devices is that "they can provide the functionality of a wide range of medical devices with just a few simple add-ons and plug-ins."

Matlack goes on to predict that "the market for iOS-based medical devices to explode in the near future as new apps and extensions are designed and developed. These devices will prove useful in the clinic, and at home as patients with iOS devices take a more active role in their own care." Smart phone technology is making inroads into medical technology in some very interesting applications (see my past coverage of these technologies as well as a webinar on this topic.

Matlack presents an overview of five iOS medical devices currently on the market, including a glucose monitor, ECG, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, and ultrasound. These are excellent examples of where this technology is headed and her analysis is worth the read.

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