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The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

By: Iltifat Husain, MD; Timothy Aungst, PharmD; Tom Lewis

Editor’s note: Make sure to check out our latest new Top 10 free iPad medical apps piece, released on June 19th, 2013!


At iMedicalApps, our goal is to review apps from a Physician standpoint so we can help healthcare providers navigate the growing number of available medical and healthcare apps. There were times this year when an app caused us to pause and think, “Why hasn’t anyone ever done this before?”, or “This is the future of mobile medicine”.

With 2012 coming to an end, we have put together a list of innovative medical and healthcare apps — apps that gave us pause and represent the future of mobile medicine. These apps should also inspire developers and other healthcare providers to think outside the box when developing their own medical apps. Of note, most of the apps mentioned in this compilation are free to download.


This review is a culmination of apps that have been reviewed by iMedicalApps and based on favorites by the editors. Some of the apps listed are in the process of being reviewed by iMedicalApps and have not been published yet. We chose apps in different genres (patient education, medical imaging, clinical reference, bedside mobile tools, etc.) and identified apps that were ‘game’ changers for the field.

Wrist Repair

What is it?

This year saw a huge advancement in patient education apps. Meditech developed Wrist Repair to help educate patients on the steps required when undergoing Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) of a distal radius fracture — a common orthopedic surgery.

What was Innovative?

The app utilized a slew of 3D visualizations to hep users understand the procedure being performed during the surgery. Additionally, the app gave unique views of just 3D reconstructions of the wrists, view of the bones only, or via an x-ray view.

The app allowed the user to zoom in and out and allowed clinicians to highlight or annotate in the app areas of demonstration — this is the most innovative part of the app — it allows dynamic interaction for clinicians while they are educating patients.

Why is it important?

Wrist Repair provides a blueprint to developers and health care providers on how mobile multimedia can be used with patients.


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13 Responses to The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

  1. QxMD Medical Apps | Daniel Schwartz December 28, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Thanks for recognizing Read by QxMD as one of the most innovative medical apps of 2012. At QxMD, we’re focused on enhancing knowledge translation and the adoption of evidence-based practice. We hope that ‘Read’ will help medical practitioners achieve this goal.

  2. Mark December 28, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks for thinking of my doctor mole app… Means a lot.

  3. Nate December 29, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Yay for not a single Android app

    • Iltifat Husain, MD December 29, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Yep, unfortunate that most of these apps aren’t available for android. We tried to do a search through android but the medical section of android is definitely lacking in regards to innovative apps. Unfortunately almost all developers first go to iOS before going to android in the medical category — a good number ignore android altogether.

      • Nate January 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

        Completely understandable. It is pretty frustrating to see what Android-users are missing out on, but I can tell that the tides seem to be changing; the number of decent medical apps currently in the Play store versus a year ago is fairly significant. When I first started looking into apps, I only had maybe 3-5 downloaded. Now, I have 20 or so. I’m hopeful this trend will continue.

        • Timothy Aungst, PharmD January 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

          I think with the rise of the number of apps available on Android devices, developers will eventually start targeting Android with more interest. I would not be surprised if next years review sees a significant difference in the apps presented.

  4. HIMAC | Edu December 30, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Great article iMedicalApps Team, although i think you dont mention to any app developed beyond US.


  5. Derek ( March 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Thanks iMedicalApps! For you Android users out there, Docphin has an Android app as well!

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