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A stethoscope app

And now it’s free

The stethoscope is coming of age – that is, making a giant leap into the present. Like hundreds of other tasks, iPhones now have an app for listening to the heartbeat with iStethoscope.

It’s been around for a while and has, in fact, been downloaded well over 3 million times, by healthcare professionals and the lay population alike. But now, it’s free. Or, for 99¢ you could procure the “pro” variety. The latter allows you to email the heart wave and 8 seconds of the audio, on top of being able to listen to the beat.

As long as the user (of whom there are 500 new ones daily) knows where to place the iPhone’s microphone – any of those 6 vital locations between the ribs -- not press too hard, and make sure to press the device against skin – not clothing – the heartbeat will be heard -- strong and true.

It’s predicted that 80% of physicians will be whipping out their iPhones to gauge patients’ heartbeats by 2012. In fact, at least three American universities already require undergraduates to use one – Georgetown U., the University of Louisville, and Ohio State. These students have the luxury of seeing a phonocardiograph and spectrograph in seconds, as they learn to decipher the beats.

Apple’s iStethoscope app’s creator Peter Bentley, a researcher from Britain’s University College London, is a happy man and has many other applications he’s anxious to have approved (such as one to measure oxygen in the blood) – no easy feat for novel technologies in healthcare, due to the grey area of new medical device regulations.

Among the many others that do exist, however, there’s an app for instant ECGs, and one for fetal heart tracings used during labour, called AirStrip OB. But I don’t think stethoscope makers need to worry just yet.
Milena Katz

8 comments:

sharon [aka purley quirt] said...

Finally........ a stethoscope application that is an improvement over a device that simply replaces the equivalent echo achieved using a paper tube from a toilet roll or paper towel!

sharon [aka purley quirt] said...

Just to make life a little more interesting........

Couldn't we have an article on how the " pickup sticks" game in healthcare provision .....
.....is now clustering Family Health Teams with an " accountability to payor"/"responsibility to client" ethic.

Gosh....... with this growing saturation of options.....would lowering the temperature on this coagulation cause flocculation?

http://www.mrwa.com/OP-Coagulation.pdf

At least then we could strain out the clusters :)

sharon [aka purley quirt] said...

oh, by the way......

....watch for small community hospitals to be revived... where a low bed capacity and revised staffing patterns ( interim staffing at exec and frontline level) become the preferred primary care option with a farrow-to-finish package for the client.

"what's old will become new again"

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ew this would lead to huge problems with aseptic technique. can u imagine a doctor pressing his or her phone on every patients skin?

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Included in the Classic II stethoscope are patented snap tight soft sealing caps provide a seal against the traffic noise outside and a comfortable fit. Something to love their patients are not cold around the edge of the diaphragm. To make matters worse, these models are available in a wide range of colors and have a total of three-year warranty. These models are 28 inches long and weigh less than three pounds.

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