The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012


What is it?

We wrote in length about how iBooks have the potential to change medical education by providing interactive medical texts for those in the medical field. We introduced our readers to the first interactive medical iBook — “The Podmedics do Surgery“. Another popular iBook was “Brachial Plexus for Students“. Both of these free iBooks show the potential the iBook platform holds for the medical field.

What was Innovative?

These iBooks displayed how you could do “dynamical medical learning”. The books contained interactive graphs and interactive quizzes.

Why is it important?

Much of medicine is not black and white. We are lucky to be in a field where we don’t read boring court cases (Lawyers) or mundane case reports (Business). Rather, the content we learn is an intersection of Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. Having the ability to learn this content in an interactive fashion dramatically improves the experience.


Brachial Plexus for Students (Free)
Podmedics do Surgery (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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