6 mobile health solutions we use today

Health care will be radically transformed by the rise of cheap, powerful mobile devices. Here are six products that are already leading the way.

Fitbit Flex wrists
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The rise of cheap mobile computers and sensors will transform health care in many ways, such as making it more accessible in developing countries and improving emergency response time in the developed world. But the earlies evidence is in the quantified self movement, where people are attaching devices to their bodies to help monitor their health. Here are six examples on the market now, or coming soon.

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Nike+ iPhones
Nike+

With Nike+ running shoes and an iPod sport kit or sensor, your Apple iDevice turns into a personal trainer, gathering time, distance and calorie data that you can share with an online community.

Fitbit Flex Android devices
Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex tracks steps, distance and calories burned; it tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you silently in the morning. Compatible with your smartphone it lets you track your targets and monitor your fitness.  

iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System
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iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System

Winner of a CES Best of Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award, iHealth's device lets diabetes sufferers easily monitor blood glucose levels, saving results and tracking trends using an iPhone app that also reminds when medication is due.

BeatBoxer fitness game
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BeatBoxer

Israel's Extreme Reality has developed a motion sensor tech that uses a smartphone camera to create a Kinect-like game that boosts fitness, BeatBoxer.

MyFitnessPal app included with devices
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MyFitnessPal

Emerging as the market leading fitness system MyFitnessPal offers fitness tracking, expert coaching and support. You'll find the app included with your Jawbone, Fitbit or iHealth device.

SkinVision skin cancer prevention
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SkinVision

Here's one way to guard against skin cancer: Take a photo with your phone, get a SkinVision analysis, and follow the recommendation -- check your moles more frequently and if there seems to be something wrong, go to your doctor.

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