Post image for TBI Prognosis app calculates mortality in patients with traumatic brain injury

TBI Prognosis is an app that calculates the estimated mortality at 14 days and 6 months after a patient experiences traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The calculator uses mathematical models and data from numerous published articles, such as the CRASH study, that are cited within the app.

The app was developed for medical professionals taking care of these patients and to help support their clinical judgement.
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Post image for ASCVD Risk Estimator App quickly assesses risk of cardiovascular disease and gives recommendations

The ASCVD Risk Estimator app, created by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, is a quick way to estimate a patient’s 10-year and lifetime risk for athersclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).

ASCVD is defined as a “coronary death or nonfatal myocardial infarction, or fatal or nonfatal stroke, based on the Pooled Cohort Equations and lifetime risk prediction tools.”

The app opens to a screen where you enter the patient’s data which includes gender, age, race, HDL, total cholesterol, systolic BP, diabetes status, smoker status, and whether they are being treated for hypertension.

Once all of the data is entered into the intuitive interface, the 10-year and lifetime risk is automatically displayed. (read more)

Post image for What Nike’s decision to downsize the FuelBand team means for the future of wearables

CNET and others have published a story that Nike had fired as many as 55 people from its Digital Sports team’s hardware division, which is in charge of the FuelBand.

Later that evening, Nike tried to run damage control by putting out an official statement to Re/Code that they will continue to support and sell the Nike FuelBand SE, despite the downsizing.

Rumors and speculation swirled shortly after, ranging from how Nike’s move indicated a decline in the fast-growing wearables landscape to how this signaled a future partnership between Apple and Nike.   (read more)

Post image for Spirometry and COPD Treatment app for Android attempts to interpret spirometry results

Spirometry measures lung function, volumes and air flow.  It is an important tool used for generating pneumotachographs, which are helpful in assessing conditions such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and COPD.

The Spirometry Interpreter & COPD Treatment application is a tool to help medical professionals interpret spirometry results and suggest treatment based on COPD severity. The app was developed by the At Home Sleep Clinic & Breathing Center.

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Post image for Pioneering medical diagnostics on Google Glass, behind the scenes at UCLA Ozcan Lab

UCLA engineering researchers have developed and validated a Google Glass point-of-care diagnostic test for in-home HIV tests and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.

They stated that this has the potential to improve laboratory testing in rural and low-resource settings such as disaster-relief areas and quarantine zones.

We covered the study, published in ACS Nano, recently in iMedicalApps–Researchers develop Google Glass app that delivers instant analysis of point-of-care diagnostic tests.

This new platform can simplify the processing of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), lower training costs, and increase accessibility and availability to such tests.

We interviewed Aydogan Ozcan, Ph.D., principal investigator and the Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at UCLA and associate director of UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, along with Steve Feng, MS, first author of the published paper and research lab manager.

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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)