by Richard Stokes

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As previously mentioned in my Top 5 Medical Trends for 2012, mobile devices are revolutionizing patient care. In the last few years, more doctors and their patients are turning to medical applications for smartphones and tablets.

For the three month average period ending January 2012, comScore reports that over 100 million U.S. mobile subscribers (101.3 million to be exact) are using smartphones, which is up from 97.9 million in the previous period.

Smartphone users have access to thousands of apps like iTriage, where they can find possible causes, treatments, and nearby medical help for a number of symptoms. The app also stores health records.

The number of users downloading mHealth smartphone applications is expected to nearly double in 2012 compared to last year, with 247 million users, according to medical research specialists Research2Guidance.

Nearly half of the physicians in the United States use tablets, and more than 80 percent of them have smartphones.

Physicians can use features like improved cameras to more easily record the physical symptoms of patients. Mobile devices also have the potential to be used as diagnostic tools because medical imaging will be possible once new apps become available that utilize the upgraded technology. Apps can be used currently to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to make a diagnosis. Voice recognition systems like Siri, the iPhone’s new built-in voice assistant, can be used by healthcare professionals as a dictation device.

If you want to learn more, MobiHealthNews offers a complimentary on-demand webinar, Meaningful Uses for MobileThis webinar focuses on how two of the biggest topics in healthcare today intersect: Meaningful Use and mobile health.

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