SPOTLIGHT: The next wave of mobile consumer health apps

Mobile phones could help transform consumers into laboratory technicians or food safety inspectors by collecting blood or sputum samples, or helping people determine if meat is contaminated, says online marketing professional Jay Byrne. He cites recent news that University of California researchers have developed a device that effectively turns cell phones into fluorescent microscopes. "The possibilities that these types of mobile applications afford, which inform decision-making and influence behavior at the point of consumption, are endless," Byrne writes. Blog post