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The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

CPR Game

What is it?

Created by Emergency Medicine Physicians — CPR game is an app that simulates Code scenarios in the ER using Gamification. There is a large ACLS component in it, but calling the app an ACLS app would be shortsighted. The app takes you through various pulseless scenarios and gives you a plethora of intervention options.

What was Innovative?

The app is innovative because not only does it include ACLS, but it does so in an extremely detailed manner — scoring you while you do this. For example, if you don’t get a second IV placed in the patient in a timely fashion, points will be deducted. The app gives you the ability to put in chest tubes and IO lines, get emergency bedside ultrasounds and more.

Why is it important?

The app uses Gamification to teach Code scenarios in a meticulous fashion. There is no better ACLS / Code scenario app available in the App Store. We went so far as to write a piece on how this app has the potential to produce better Physicians and potentially even save lives.


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iTunes: CPR game ($1.99)



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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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