Post image for Usatine Media releases Lange’s Top 300 Pharmacy Drug Cards app

The Lange’s Top 300 Pharmacy Drug Cards app for 2014-2015 is one of many apps created by Usatine Media.

This app is an electronic version of the flashcard set and was developed to essentially replace the physical version.

The flashcard set has been a great resource for medical and pharmacy students to learn many of the most common medications used in the healthcare field.

User Interface

The app opens up to a list of all 300 drugs that are included in the text.

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Post image for Lactate threshold monitor pairs with Garmin computers and watches

BSX Athletics has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Insight lactate threshold monitor.

In physical training, the lactate threshold is basically the point at which muscles switch from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism i.e. when they start producing lactate. This concept is employed in endurance training programs in particular.

As well as measuring lactate threshold, Insight also measures heart rate, cadence, pace and calories burned. While working out, Insight provides the user actionable training recommendations via the smart watch worn by the user. These recommendations, such as telling the user to slow down or speed up the pace of their run, are based on the data it collects.

And though intended for highly trained athletes, it certainly seems like there may be some other interesting applications in healthcare.

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Post image for The Vaccines on the Go app is critical for accurate education of vaccinations

The Vaccines on the Go App was developed by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It was created to make finding accurate information about vaccines easier for parents.

The app was made to be a go-to source for any vaccination.

The app includes information about the actual vaccine, the diseases caused by not getting vaccinated, side effects of the vaccinations and any other information that parents may find useful.

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Post image for Headband used to treat migraines receives FDA approval

Cefaly, a headband used in the treatment of migraines, has received FDA approval.

It now can be marketed in the United States.

Cefaly treats migraines through neurostimulation. To use it, an accompanying adhesive electrode is positioned on the forehead, and Cefaly is then connected to it. Cefaly generates precise micro-impulses through the electrode to stimulate the nerve endings of the trigeminal nerve. Cefaly sessions last twenty minutes.

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Post image for Pharmacology review for the USMLE, Lange flashcards on Android

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills.

Pharmacology LANGE Flash Cards is an app for preparing for the USMLE, written by medical students at Yale University. (read more)

Post image for Should doctors purchase Google Glass today when it becomes available to the general public?

Today at 9 am EST, Google Glass becomes available to the general public for one day only.

I’ve received enough emails and texts from physician colleagues asking if they should purchase Glass that I felt compelled to write about this.

I’ve been testing Google Glass for several months now in the hospital setting and have written extensively about my experiences on iMedicalApps in various articles.

Based on my experiences, I definitely see a significant amount of potential for Glass, but only in the correct clinical settings. (read more)

Post image for UBC’s pharmacology app leads the standard for apps created my med schools

I love the idea of small scale specific medical apps.

It signals that the creation of apps has become user friendly enough that projects do not have to seek a wide audience or be in use for a long time.

The UBC Med Formulary was designed and developed by the pharmacology staff and a team of undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia. (read more)

Post image for Review of Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology Flashcards app

Fitzpatrick’s dermatology textbooks are a mainstay of dermatologists, general practitioners, and emergency physicians.

The texts, found on almost every clinic and hospital shelf, can now be accessed in medical app format.

For the avid learner there is Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Practice which is the two volume text converted into an iphone app, for the eager learner the smaller handbook conversion is Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology ($ 74.99), and for the on the fly learner is Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology Flashcards. (read more)

Post image for Bonedoc is a serious game for Orthopedic surgeons

By: Nathan Skelley, M.D.

Is your surgeon a gamer?

Bonedoc by Otago Innovation Limited tries to make all orthopedic surgeons gamers before stepping into the operating room. Instead of a first person shooter, this app is making a first person surgeon.

As mobile technology continues to advance, more applications are focusing on simulating virtual surgical and medical techniques before performing them on real patients.

Bonedoc breaks away from step-by-step instructional apps such as  Touch Surgery by Kinosis and gives the user/surgeon greater ability to interact with the surgical procedure. In Bonedoc, the user is graded on their ability to reduce the fracture and properly place instrumentation.

Your actions at one step of the case will directly affect how you do at a later step of the case. Furthermore, Bonedoc allows users to share case scores creating competition that further drives the learning process.

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Post image for Moov fitness tracker helps you improve your workout

Nikola Hu, former Apple and Halo game engineer, along with Meng Li and Tony Yuan were struggling to get results from their workouts so they decided to create Moov, a fitness tracker that’s also a fitness coach. (read more)

Post image for Will Google Glass be an essential tool in healthcare or an overhyped afterthought

When it comes to Google Glass, there are a wide range of opinions when it comes to its application in healthcare. For some, Glass is destined to be worn by every single physician, nurse, and allied health professional that comes within 50 feet of a patient. For others, Glass is destined for the dustbin of medical history, another example of a solution in search of a problem.

Not only have we had the opportunity to try out Glass around the hospital, we’ve also been keeping track of how others are testing it out in clinical settings. In the past year or so, we’ve seen a few themes emerge when it comes to areas that Glass may actually find clinical utility. Here are the three areas where clinicians may someday find themselves wearing Glass.

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Post image for The PainDiary App is a diary you’ll be happy to share with your orthopedic surgeon

By: Nathan Skelley, M.D.

No one wants to think about pain. When you’re going to see the orthopedic surgeon, however, pain is a common motivator getting you to the office. Similarly, if you’ve ever had surgery, monitoring your pain after surgery is very important to your surgeon. From the surgeons’ viewpoint, pain is an important way to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment.

Orthopedists commonly have patients keep physical pain diaries after a procedure. These are paper notebooks where the patient records pain scores after a surgery or injection. These paper based pain scores can be difficult to read depending on the quality of the notebook and patient’s handwriting. Similarly, patients miss times to log scores, and some patients even lose their log or forget to bring it to clinic.

Welcome to the PainDiary App by AppDoc. This is an extremely simple and useful app. It uses mobile technology to replace the paper pain diary and adds many unique features. The app is based on content from the shoulderdoc.co.uk website which is a well established online resource for shoulder information. (read more)