4 Ways That Smart Technology Has Revolutionized Medical Diagnostic Tools

Michelle Hopkins

If you're like most medical professionals, you're constantly on the lookout for the latest technology that's designed to make diagnostic techniques easier and more accurate. Smart technology has been significantly instrumental in improving traditional diagnostic tools for modern medical practitioners, allowing them to provide certain necessary services at the point of care, such as the physician's office or urgent care clinic. Following are just four mobile devices available to modern health care providers and their patients. 

Portable Ultrasound Devices

A portable ultrasound device fits easily into the pocket and works in tandem with the health care professional's smartphone. It's affordable, accurate, and powerful enough to display clear, high quality ultrasound photos in black and white on the smartphone screen. Traditionally, patients are sent to other facilities when the occasion calls for an ultrasound, and this can be inconvenient as well as time consuming. 

Clip-On Otoscopes

A clip-on otoscope works with the camera on the smartphone to provide a clear picture of the patient's inner ear. This tool is useful for diagnosing ear infections or other conditions affecting the inner ear. This allows general practitioners and those working in urgent care facilities to make an accurate diagnosis in a timely fashion so that patients can get started on a course of antibiotics as soon as possible. 

Glucose Monitoring Devices

The latest glucose monitoring devices track the patient's blood glucose levels on a continual basis, providing readings on the smartphone screen every five minutes. The device issues alerts if the levels fluctuate enough to bring about episodes of overly high or low blood sugar, allowing patients to adjust insulin levels in order to circumvent hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic episodes. It also allows their physician to get a good look at the overall pattern of their blood glucose levels, which helps them create a customized management plan. 

Portable Eye Examination Devices

Digital technology has also made it possible to perform mobile eye examinations. The device uses a camera lens adapter that captures a high-resolution image of the patient's retina, providing doctors with the ability to immediately check for conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and other conditions that affect the eyes as well as display an eyeglass prescription on the smartphone screen.

Advances in digital technology not only have the potential to give individual health care practitioners the ability to provide immediate point of care service, it may also result in lowered costs for the patient. Please feel free to contact your portable ultrasound retailer for more information on how mobile digital devices can revolutionize your medical practice.