But could new mobile phones be used as a doctor in the future? With the new Human++ BAN platform developed by the Dutch IMEC, your cell phone can soon let you know exactly how your body's doing, and when you need to slow down.
This BAN, or Body Area Network, works with your heart and is currently meant for users who have serous heart problems and need to monitor their heartrate to avoid needing a quick shock to keep it running right.
While other, similar networks used to run on Bluetooth networks, the low battery life of that technology made it difficult to implement into reality.
With the Human++ BAN, however, a simple device plugged into any phone running the Android OS will be able to receive alerts over a specialized radio frequency to let users know when they need to take it easy or when they need to get their heart moving again.
Essentially turning your phone into a medical alert system, this heart monitoring system can keep patients on track and prevent needless tragedies.
A BAN monitored by your phone can be implemented to a wide variety of different medical monitoring systems in the future, including EEGs for neural activity and anything that can check your essential vitals.
One day, new mobile phones might even be able to predict maladies in all people by keeping a constant check on everything from blood sugar to intramuscular activity, sending information not only to patients but to doctors and hospitals as well.
With this sort of early alert system, too, ambulances and other emergency medical professionals can catch when all systems have failed, allowing for a much faster response time and thusly a much bigger chance of being able to help.
The future of phones is moving past just making calls and entertaining us, but to keeping us healthy and connected to essential medical services when we need them most.
Who knew a little device would be able to do so much?