Sounds Healthy: iPOD in healthcare
On the London Underground everyone seems plugged into one. Even above ground in healthcare MP3 players are becoming ubiquitous.
Take the NHS Greater Glasgow Hospitals use of Voicemap™ for staff training. Like the guided audio tours used in galleries and museums, this system helps staff to find their way around, advising then, for instance, on location-related health and safety risks.
Learning modalities are sometimes categorised as auditory, visual and kinaesthetic. My wife, a former ballerina, is a kinaesthetic, learning best by movement. She remembers a 90 minute ballet class, whereas I—a visual learner—would be lost in the warm-up pliés. Fortunately, iPOD also offers something for us visuals.
It may be cool to carry iPOD, but who would go this far? Researchers have dispensed with Bluetooth and implanted a chip in a forearm using the body as a conduit. One day implanted devices could communicate without an enabling technology.
Might the elegantly realised iPOD evolve into one of the first popular information appliances that combines IT, medicine, technology and ease of use?