Smartphones: Americas way of simplifying society

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Smartphones: America's Way of Simplifying Society

Throughout America's history people have been invented to simplify life. Examples ranging from the earliest Postal Service to text messaging and email have been designed for the convenience of the people. If one item were to be placed in a time-capsule to show people one-thousand years from now what life was like today, the smartphone would be the perfect object to represent American culture. Technology today has managed to incorporate countless amounts of information into one device, making it possible to read a book while simultaneously listening to music and checking the rhythm of a heart beat. Smartphones today have the ability to integrate many past forms of education and communication into one device that can fit into the palm of one's hand.

Many medical calculations and procedures have been formatted into downloadable apps for many smartphones; these apps have been proven to eliminate human error from many medical situations.

In a recent study conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation, more than two-thirds of all the doctors in America owned a smartphone (Patel MD). When the word "Medical" was entered into the Blackberry App World™ store search criteria, over two hundred and thirty results were shown, all of which were apps designed to contribute to the technologies used in America's healthcare. Medscape™, a commonly used app on Apple™™ products, Android™ operated devices, and Blackberries™, provides healthcare professionals with a Drug Reference Section containing over seven-thousand over-the-counter, brand, and generic drugs (iMedicalApps Team). Medscape™ incorporates a Drug Interaction Checker into the app, insuring that if a person is on multiple medications, a potentially fatal reaction will not occur because of the mixture. According to Amit Patel, a Medical Doctor who uses Medscape™ to help diagnose and treat her patients, "the application has never been...