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Jackson County doctors use iPhones to help save lives

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Cardiologists and Apple iPhones now have something in common; they both can help save lives.  Singing River Health System's doctors are using the gadgets to get test results and a patient's diagnosis faster. The iPhone is just another technology tool making a big impact on healthcare. 

Cardiologist Michael Cunningham works at Ocean Springs Hospital.  He says you can't waste time when you're dealing with patients suffering from heart disease.

"Time is muscle, as we say. Whenever it comes to having heartache, the faster they can get to the lab, the more muscle we save," Cunningham said.

Cunningham feels the electrocardiogram process, which reads the heart's activity, can be extremely time consuming.  He said waiting for test results can sometimes take up to 30 minutes. 

"Having to wait for the fax in, and then call back to the physician that faxed you the EKG." 

But iPhones are now speeding up that delivery process.  Here's how it works: Doctors get the electronic graphs sent to the phone, they log on to a special website, and with the touch of the screen there's all the information needed for a proper diagnosis. 

"I love it, it is great. It makes my life a little easier. It is good for the patients." 

Tech analyst Brett Shoemaker introduced the new technology to doctors, and promised the website is very secure.

"You have to have a username and a password, not anybody can pull it up," Shoemaker said. 

He also points out the gadgets are also great for cardiologists who are always on the go. 

"They can be in Wal-Mart; they can be out and about with their family and pull it up within minutes at any place that has Wi-Fi," Shoemaker said. 

Doctors say EMS workers also have the capability to transmit a patient's test results from an ambulance while they're in route to the hospital. 

Shoemaker and Cunningham hope this technological tool will help save lives in their community.

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