Cell Phones As Diagnosing Tools

Thursday - 7/9/2009, 7:33pm EDT

Cell phones could soon become a valuable tool in diagnosing illnesses in developing countries. People in remote villages often spend a day or more traveling to clinics. A non-profit company is developing a cell phone application with an open-source software system to prevent unnecessary visits. The software would allow people to transmit their health information - including photos - to doctors in a remote location. They would then get a preliminary diagnosis and find out whether they need to see a doctor.