The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

Neuro Localizer

What is it?

A medical app created by the University of Michigan Neurology department to help teach neuroanatomy and how to identify neuro lesions based on exam findings. Those of us not far removed from learning Neuroanatomy know it’s one of the more difficult topics to master — and it’s clinical importance should not be scoffed at. This is one of the few topics learned in year one of medical school that has direct application to clinical practice, especially when patients present with acute weakness.

What was Innovative?

This app takes an extremely complex topic and breaks it down into a simple and palatable form by utilizing the multimedia capabilities of the iPad.

Why is it important?

This app shows how a reputable academic center can produce a quality medical app in order to teach a complex topic. We hope this app sets the standard for more academic departments and institutions deciding to utilize mobile form factors to teach.


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iTunes: Neuro Localizer HD (Free)

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  • 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.

    QxMD Medical Apps | Daniel Schwartz
  • Thanks for thinking of my doctor mole app… Means a lot.

  • Yay for not a single Android app

    • 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.

      Iltifat Husain, MD iMedicalApps Editor
      • 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.

        • 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.

          Timothy Aungst, PharmD iMedicalApps Editor
  • Great article iMedicalApps Team, although i think you dont mention to any app developed beyond US.


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

    Derek (

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