The pod people are coming

December 8, 2006

The ubiquitous iPod can be far more than an entertainment medium. With its large data storage capacity and user-friendly interface, it can also be used to store medical information such as problem, medication, and allergy lists, test results, and even images.

The ubiquitous iPod can be far more than an entertainment medium. With its large data storage capacity and user-friendly interface, it can also be used to store medical information such as problem, medication, and allergy lists, test results, and even images.

A company called HealthFrame recently unveiled an eponymous personal health record organizer for iPods. According to the firm, having patients tote around their key health data on an iPod offers physicians several advantages: the device is easy to use, there's no need to install or launch any software programs, and they don't have to worry about infecting their computers with viruses if they view the information on the patient's iPod.

HealthFrame supports the Continuity of Care Record, enabling clinicians and patients to exchange key medical data online in a standard format. It can also synchronize with other mobile devices such as USB drives and cell phones. The product is available at www.healthframe.com for $39.95.