Medical professionals working with Doctors Without Borders are increasingly using smartphones to help deliver more and better care in situations where resources are limited.

Rogy Masri (in North Lebanon) photo from fastcompany.com

Rogy Masri (in North Lebanon) photo from fastcompany.com

It is also, as the article suggests, increasingly useful for isolated and rural communities. Telemedicine (the use of communication technologies to aid medical care) has been around for 50 years or so, but the use of smartphones and the huge rise in the app market enable new kinds of connections regardless of geography.