TOPEKA (KSNT) – What might be a parent’s new best friend could be a doctor’s nightmare.
Rebekah Ford is a mother of two, soon to be three and even the idea of taking her children to the doctor’s office makes her cringe.
“If I don’t have to take the kids to the doctors, I don’t. It’s a pain to try to wait in the waiting room and corral two kids. For the most part I have to book appointments easily a month that or more unless it’s an emergency.”
So the idea that an app has the ability to save her that trip and headache.
“Honestly that’s wonderful.”
How, may you ask? With an app called Cell Scope. Parents can to attach a device to their smart phone – and then take a picture of a child’s ear – send it to the company – which in turn sends it to a doctor to diagnose. Completely cutting out an unnecessary doctor’s visit or confirming you need to see one.
“I think it is a great idea.”
Breanna Israel says it’s a good tool for parents.
“I think for those chronic ear infections patients it would be very helpful.”
“So when trying to decide whether you should make an appointment at the doctor’s office or use the app. Health providers say, it’s not a bad idea to get a second opinion but to remember the app does not replace the doctor.