Report: FDA approves iPad, iPhone Radiology App for mobile diagnoses
February 5, 2011 4 Comments
I’ve tweaked the federal government as a whole on this blog many times. And I’ve also tweaked the FDA for being way too slow to adapt to the emergence of new technology and its usefulness in health care.
The FDA still needs to get its act together on developing a social media guidance for pharmaceutical companies. But I have to give credit where credit is due as well.
According to AppleInsider, the FDA has approved Apple’s mobile radiology diagnostic application – the first of its kind – for use in viewing medical images to make diagnoses using the iPad and iPhone. The announcement came Friday.
The FDA said in its announcement that this technology “is not intended to replace full workstations and is indicated for use only when there is no access to a workstation.” However, this news improves health care by allowing physicians to diagnose and begin treating problems quicker than before.
Right now, a radiologist would have to wait until he or she could get access to a permanent workstation to view images. In a busy hospital, or a hospital with lesser facilities (such as many rural hospitals), this could significantly delay treatment, prolonging the patient’s agony. While there will always be shortcomings with medical treatment, this new technology will improve both the quality and speed of care.
This approval has been almost three years in the making. The application, called Mobile MiM, was first developed in 2008. That year, it won the Apple Design Award for “Best iPhone Healthcare & Fitness Application. ” The FDA has spent the time since then evaluating the app’s reliability and security. It is expected to be available for download next week.
Check out these pictures, from Apple Insider, of the displays this app can provide.