Timothy Aungst, PharmD

Published BMJ piece takes aim at medical apps and their utility

One recent piece, by Margaret McCartney, was published in the British Medical Journal titled “How do we know whether medical apps work?” [1] It is a nice short read, where Dr. McCartney lays out the overriding utilization of smartphones and tablets in our daily lives to both play games, manage our daily activities, and search the web. We have had no issue integrating these aspects into our social lives and enjoy them immensely (I need to look no further than […]

Recent study assessing vascular medical apps finds apps lack references to literature

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A recently released study by Carter et al. assessed the extent of mobile medical applications with usability in vascular practice. Overall, the authors noted that the study demonstrated a short supply of medical apps designated for vascular surgical utilization.

Dermatologists express concern for mole diagnosing medical apps, citing poor results in testing

In a recent letter to the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Ferrero et al. noted several troubling issues with currently available mobile medical applications designed for dermatological purposes. Namely, in this case, the authors looked at an app called ‘Skin Scan,’ which was created to help with the identification and management of skin cancer. The authors then used the app against images from UpToDate, the National Cancer Institute, and Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine. In […]

APhA DrugInfoLine is a great app to keep up-to-date on drug information

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Drug updates are available from the DrugInfoLine provided by the American Pharmacist Association (APhA). The information provided by the app covers the same information provided by the website, including: drug updates, FDA recalls, new updates on clinical therapy and guidelines, and more.

Tracking vaccination refusal through a medical app

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The app, appropriately named ‘Vaccine Refused,’ is designed to help track vaccination refusal through an iPhone.

Skyscape tries to reboot their medical reference apps with Omnio for the iPad

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Skyscape has recently developed Omnio, a new app for the iPad, that has the same clinical references, but offers more customization for user preferences.

Integration of mobile devices increase medication verification by pharmacists

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A recent study by Ray and colleagues investigated whether the integration of mobile devices into medical rounds decreased the time to verification of medication orders versus traditional use of stationary computer terminals.

Google Keep productivity app arrives to compete with Evernote

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Google Keep arrives after the fall of Google Reader. Featured as a new productivity app, with the ability to create notes and audio recordings, the question becomes how will it compare to Evernote?

Identifying medication side effects through the power of internet searches

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A recent study utilized search queries to determine the relationship of drug interactions between paroxetine and pravastatin. This type of inquiry could be expanded with current FDA monitoring of drug interactions and adverse effects.

CDC invites Plague Inc. app developer to talk about his games impact on public health

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The developer of Plague Inc. has been invited by the CDC to speak on his games applicability to building awareness of disease to the public.

The movement to start evaluating blogging and tweets on par with academic publications

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In a recent publication in Nature, Heather Piwowar layed out the possible idea of valuing research outside of ‘publications’ but also including ‘products.’ However, what do these products include?

How Google Glass could revolutionize medicine

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Google Glass and wearable devices have the chance to revolutionize medicine due to many different features that may be beneficial to different medical practices.