As the Editor-in-chief at iMedicalApps, I enjoy both the Android OS and Apple’s iOS. Well, to clarify, I enjoy the stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich mobile OS, not Ice Cream Sandwich that has ridiculous skins added by various cell phone manufacturers.
I have both an Android and iPhone device, and although the Android medical app ecosystem still hasn’t matured to the level of iOS, the ecosystem of medical apps has come a long way. When I use my Android phone in the Emergency room, the following are five key medical apps I use with relative frequency.
These apps are available for Apple’s iOS as well, so iPhone users can make use of the following compilation list as well. There will be a separate iOS (iPhone & iPad) compilation piece for Emergency Medicine released soon, and this will contain many more apps.
The following list contains video demos of how to utilize the apps in the Emergency Room — we encourage you to register on iMedicalApps so you can view these videos in full (registration is free).
Due to the fragmentation of Android operating systems and the lack of hardware unity on Android devices, your user experience with these medical apps may vary. My list is based on the latest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, on the Galaxy Nexus.
Exactly what the name implies. Medical equations and algorithms at your disposal. For example, use the APACHE II score to help with your disposition of a sick patient. Or, use the PERC criteria to help better disposition a young patient who has complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath.
This app costs more than typical medical calculators, but in this case you get what you pay for. The app’s user interface is clean, easy to use, and has features that most free medical calculators do not — such as a section to save your most used calculators and comprehensive clinical reference data on all the equations.
In the video, you can see how comprehensive the medical reference section is. It clearly took a tremendous amount of time to compile this data, and makes the app the premium medical calculator to own.