Smartphones becoming new house calls for doctors

05/3/2013 | USA Today

Patients can now be hooked up to their smartphone instead of visiting their doctor's office to receive many tests and procedures typically performed on physical exams, according to a report that documents the wireless technologies enabling the arms-length approach. Cardiologist Eric Topol in March used a smartphone EKG app to diagnose a patient who was flying at 30,000 feet. "We're recognizing more and more that not all care needs to be delivered face to face," said Dr. Glen Stream of the American Academy of Family Physicians, who warned that in-office visits are still often necessary.

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