Apple Health Records initiative off to good if shaky start


Health records firm worried policy supported by Apple will hurt patients
Your health records from over 160 hospitals, doctors, etc. can be collected so they're viewable on your iPhone.
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Patients who’ve used the system Apple created to let iOS users see their medical history right on their mobile device are generally pleased with it.

That said, a small survey of users also showed there’s still room for improvement in this method for accessing health records.

Experimental iPhone app makes heart surgery safer


Why you'll fall in love with Apple's new dual-lens camera.
An new experiement shows an iPhone app and a camera can be used in medical diagnosis.
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Medical advances don’t have to be dramatic. Even small changes can save lives. Take an app that uses an iPhone camera to determine if an artery is healthy enough to accept the catheter needed to restore blood flow to a patent’s heart. It’s still experimental, but is significantly better than the current method.

iPad app could make cancer screening as easy as ordering from Amazon


The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a real screamer.
Forthcoming iPad app will remind people to regularly screen for cancer.
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Researchers have developed an iPad app that makes setting up lifesaving colon cancer screenings “as easy as booking a hotel room online.”

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Early screening can dramatically reduce mortality rates, yet more than one-third of Americans who fall within the most likely age bracket go unscreened every year.

Apple hires physician known for popular YouTube channel


Dr. Evans has spoken out about the future of medicine being apps.
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Apple added another medical expert to its growing team by adding Dr. Mike Evans, a Toronto-based physician best known for his popular YouTube channel under the name “DocMikeEvans.”

According to a Canadian news report, Evans was recruited after his “peer-to-peer health care” YouTube videos — in which he voices a cartoon doctor, explaining common medical ailments — caught Apple’s attention.