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The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

First Aid by the American Red Cross

What is it?

The American Red Cross has released a series of apps aimed at helping the population with emergency situations. This was largely seen with Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast of the United States and their Hurricane App being downloaded to help the community. In addition, the Red Cross has also created a basic first aid app.

What was innovative?

One of the key features of the app was the ability to help users understand basic skills for first aid through video and step-by-step instructions. One of the greatest features that could be expanded further was the integration of gamification in education and reinforcement of the material. Being able to earn badges and then uploading them to the Apple Game Center was a great way for users to test themselves.

Why is this important?

Using gaming mechanics in apps to educate both patients and healthcare providers can be beneficial in making learning both fun and informative. However, this must be done right — information can’t be dulled down, or the game becomes the main focus. The American Red Cross set the standard for teaching patients via gamification with this app.


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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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