Can X-Box, Computers and Cell Phones Improve Healthcare?

Microsoft  thinks so.

Researchers are looking at ways to use the X-Box in hospital rooms and how to automate data transfer of complex records. They are also developing applications that can be plugged in to their existing product, HealthVault

One such application is MyLife a mobile phone app that could log blood pressure, weight, monitor daily activities. And take advantage of other built-in devices on most cell phones: camera and accelerometer.  Imagine taking a picture of your meal and having the application figure out the calories, food group and allergy information for each item on your plate?

MyLife and other development fit into Microsoft’s goal of giving more control to the patient to manage their health records according to Eric Chang, director of technology strategy at Microsoft Research Asia.

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