by DYLAN J. CHADWICK
“When will we wise up and stop calling the tiny computers in our pockets ‘phones?’” sighs the distraught geek on the internet, in your office, or on your Facebook timeline. Of course he’s absolutely right about it, even if a little bit prosaic. The “phone” function of our smartphones really only accounts for a small fraction of its total functionality, and NO ONE needs to comment on the ubiquity of these things anymore. Our pocket computers can do most everything our desktop and laptop computers can, and they're uniquely portable and capable of transferring data across (nearly) infinite distances. These little devils also have a steady hand in constantly updating the way that virtually every occupation functions, sometimes just in the nuts and bolts and sometimes drastically.
by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP)
The convergence of two powerful forces are changing the practice of laboratory medicine in ways never imagined a generation ago. These twin forces are the movement to value-based healthcare from the fee-for-service model and the rapid development of mobile technology allowing for continuous healthcare monitoring of patients beyond the clinical setting.