What can you do while you’re sitting in the doctor’s office waiting room?

I was just at a meeting in Atlanta with Alan (who works with Atlanta based A.D.A.M. Inc.) and saw an advanced demo of their cool new iPhone tool — Symptom Navigator (iphone.adam.com). It’s a free new mobile health content tool for iPhone & iTouch. The same tool is used at UCLA and Duke Health Systems, among others – but now it’s free, quick, and portable for consumers. You don’t have to be in a doctor’s waiting room to use it, but if you have to wait, why not use your iPhone to do some research – even better, use it beforehand to learn what you can do on your own, and to help decide if you need to see the doctor.


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5 Responses to “What can you do while you’re sitting in the doctor’s office waiting room?”

  1. Cheryl,
    Is there any way for those of us not cool enough to have an iPhone to get a sense of what this experience is like?

  2. A.D.A.M. has done a great job with this mobile app, but if you don’t have an iPhone, you can still view it using this link iphone.adam.com. And having an iPhone isn’t a mark of coolness. Using it as an e-Patient is :-)

  3. Jack says:

    Well, that why i use an online service provider http://www.transpono.com. to get my questions answered online via chat and email instead of waisting my time sitting in some doctors office and waiting for my turn.

    so i rather sitting home and spending time with my family than to sitting in some waiting room.

    Please Comment


  4. lukethelibrarian says:

    Cheryl, I’m not sure that’s correct… I have tried to access iphone.adam.com both from my desktop in Firefox 3, and from my Treo 750 using IE for Windows Mobile. In both cases, I get a page that says “This page is designed to be viewed on the Apple iPhone. With an iPhone, you can get access to one of the coolest healthcare apps around – the A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator… So what are you waiting for? Go get an iPhone!” — followed by a link to http://www.apple.com/iphone

    The only way I was able to get it to work was to use the “User Agent Switcher” extension for Firefox to trick ADAM into thinking I was connecting from an iPhone. For instructions see http://paininthetech.com/2007/10/03/fake-iphone-user-agent/

  5. Jack — I contacted ADAM about the issue you described above. As it turns out, I was mistaken. The URL I posted originally was used during development and is no longer accessible to the public.

    So if you don’t have an iPhone or iTouch you’re out of luck. On the other hand, the majority of mobile apps are being developed for the iPhone / iTouch and with the release of 3G (and the lower price of the iPhone) more people are getting them.

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