Self-service optometry…there is an app for that

Leave it to the folks at MIT. They have created an Android App for turning a Google Nexus One into a cheap mobile platform for creating eyeglass prescriptions. The authors of the article claim that they can take what is a $50 procedure, and with the addition of a $2 eyepiece, create prescriptions for the majority of people. Even when you add the cost of the Google phone (north of $500 US), it makes for a potential business “mobile optometry without the optometrist” business.

What does it have to do with the Canadian healthcare market you ask? My answer is that I’m not sure, but it shows that mobile technology is going to disrupt traditional service delivery models in healthcare, whether we like it or not.


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