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In health technology, an enthusiasm gap between startups, doctors

The Washington Post, December 8, 2011

Presenters at this week's mHealth Summit predict that healthcare in coming years will be highly personalized, ultra-efficient and will most likely involve smart phones and tablets. That is, of course, only if mobile health entrepreneurs can get health care providers to embrace the new technologies, which so far they have been slow to do. During one presentation, cardiologist Eric Topol, MD, clicked through slides of potential apps and devices — some already in existence — that would help patients monitor health conditions remotely. There are contact lenses that can check for glaucoma symptoms, a photo app that can track changes in a suspicious mole and small test strips that can analyze saliva droplets for disease.