Apple's iPhone 5 Lightning Dock Could Drive Medical Devices to Bluetooth

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"Medical devices that connect to the iPhone include glucometers, heart rate monitors and fitness sensors. The iPhone also can act as a Smart Ready hub to connect Smart peripherals, which collect data on patient vital signs."

eweek, Brian Horowitz

Apple's switch to an eight-pin Lightning dock in the iPhone 5 could push the healthcare industry toward adopting Bluetooth technology, despite the security risks of wireless technology.

The iPhone 5's smaller dock could lead to a greater transition toward Bluetooth connectivity in medical device peripherals. During Apple's Sept. 12 announcement, company executives detailed how the new iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod Nano would include an eight-pin connector called Lightning instead of a 30-pin connector.

Users of remote medical devices that connect to the iPhone may have to switch to Bluetooth Smart, MobiHealthNews reported. Medical devices that connect to the iPhone include glucometers, heart rate monitors and fitness sensors.

The iPhone can act as a Smart Ready hub to connect Smart peripherals, which collect data on patient vital signs. From the iPhone, patients can send their medical data to their doctor. . .View Full Article

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