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The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012


What is it?

Johns Hopkins physicians were inspired to create BurnMed after a mass casualty incident in Kenya where a gas tanker exploded, killing one hundred people instantly and severely burning many others. The influx of burn patients overwhelmed local health resources, so many did not receive correct treatment initially.

What was Innovative?

The developers’ created a comprehensive fifteen minute training on initial burn management using a mobile, multimedia resource for lay practitioners — the app can be utilized by practicing clinicians as well. In BurnMed, the user draws the burned areas onto a 3-D anatomic figure. The app then uses this diagram to calculate the total body surface area (TBSA) burned. The app then uses the diagramed TBSA percentage to calculate fluid resuscitation. The Treatment Guidelines summarize the essential steps in early management with links to further teachings about inhalation injuries, escharotomy, and dressings.

Why is it important?

Utilizing multimedia to help educate users on appropriate steps to take to help others is a great feature of medical apps. However, Burn Management helped develop this in a key area that was easy to understand and utilize. The app can also be used by more trained individuals as it offers guidelines and formulas to calculate needed intervention based upon the type of burns being dealt with.


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iTunes: BurnMed Pro ($4.99) — There is a LITE version that only calculates burn percentage, but does not offer treatment plans.


iMedicalApps Team

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  • QxMD Medical Apps | Daniel Schwartz

    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.

  • Mark

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

  • Nate

    Yay for not a single Android app

    • Iltifat Husain, MD

      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

        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

          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.

  • HIMAC | Edu

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


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  • Derek (

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