$90 accessory for iPhone demonstrates disruption of medicine


Stanford University develops $90 iPhone accessory to replace ophthalmology kit costing tens of thousands
[Via 9to5Mac]

Researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine have developed two low-cost iPhone adapters that provide images of the eye that usually require specialist ophthalmology equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars. The university hopes that it will be useful both for primary care physicians in the U.S. as well as rural medical centres in developing countries.

The adapters make it easy for anyone with minimal training to take a picture of the eye and share it securely with other health practitioners or store it in the patient’s electronic record.

“Think Instagram for the eye,” said one of the developers, assistant professor of ophthalmology Robert Chang, MD … 


Software and hardware that puts a $10,000 device in the hands of anyone with a cell phone. Now EMT or emergency room doctors can do a quick scan of the eye, when needed, and send the pictures on to the ophthalmologists, instead of just describing what the eye looks like.

We will see a lot more of these sorts of accessories applied to smartphones.