There are well over 3,000 apps in the “medical” section of the App Store for the iPhone. Unfortunately, a growing number of them aren’t medical apps. It’s already difficult enough to parse through the litany of apps available to find quality apps – and then when you add apps that shouldn’t even be in the medical category, it makes the job that much harder.
Lets start with the “top 10 downloaded free iphone medical apps” in the App Store. Notice how the word “downloaded” is in bold. By no means do we think these apps are the best free iphone medical apps – we’ve already chronicled that list in another post.
These are the top 10 downloaded free medical apps in the App Store: Medscape, Sex-Facts, Epocrates, Medpage Today, Marijuana Truth, iAugment, Dream Meaning, Medical Encyclopedia, Body Systems – Anatomy Quiz, and Best Diet foods. Note, Medscape, Epocrates, and Medpage Today are extremely legitimate apps – they even made our top 10 free iphone medical apps list. Sex-Facts, Marijuana Truth, iAugment, Dream Meaning, and Best diet foods will never make any top 10 list of ours.
By our calculations, 12 of the top 25 downloaded medical apps, 48 percent, are mis-categorized and should not be in the medical section. So we looked into this a bit further. (read more)
We’ve mentioned before how we’re huge fans of the app “3D brain” on the iPhone. The 3D app is derived from the Genes to Cognition Online website, funded by the Dana Foundation and Hewlett Foundation. Using the iPad’s native gestures, the app allows you to zoom and rotate images of the brain in a three dimensional fashion.
We had a lot of fun using the app on the iPhone, but with the increased real estate on the iPad, it’s gotten better. Click through to see more screen shots of the app in action – have fun manipulating the brain with this app! (read more)
Surely by now you have heard of Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Microsoft has been heavily advertising Bing through TV commercials, content deals, and even offering cash back deals via major vendors such as Best Buy, Walmart, and others. A few days ago Microsoft announced an upgrade to its Bing Health experience that medical professionals should definitely take note of – it could change the current landscape of how medical content is accessed and shared with patients.
What makes Bing Health’s experience so valuable is they aggregate data, much like Wikipedia does, but only from legitimate medical sources. Later in this article I’ll go through an example using sarcoidosis as the search term and compare it to Wikipedia and WebMD – then explain how the data can be used with patients. (read more)
This is a continuation of a recent post where we reviewed Dr. Henry Feldman’s experiences using the iPad as his primary interface during a busy week serving as a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (BIDMC) in Boston.
In part 1, we reviewed his original post and his positive report on the iPad’s wireless networking capabilities, ability to easily access web-based hospital clinical applications and interactions with patients using the iPad. In part 2, Dr. Feldman detailed his experiences of what it actually like to carry the iPad around the wards and what types of clinical applications he accessed.
Below is the conclusion of our interview with Dr. Feldman, where he discusses how exactly his patient interactions were enhanced by the iPad. Also, we delve into his dual role as both a physician and a health IT specialist, and how these two seemingly separate worlds are so key to the overall healthcare experience.
On average, how often did you hand your iPad to a patient to show them something ?
I only handed it to a couple of patients, but showed results to almost every patient with me holding it (infection control). It really helped to show them lab results, pictures of their GI studies, EKG, etc, as patients rarely can visualize these results in their heads. This was invaluable.
Epic Systems is one of the most popular electronic health record vendors and has a great reputation in the medical community to stand by. Last year, they even teamed up with Apple to run test drives on their current iPhone app in Stanford Hospital & Clinics, in Palo Alto, California.
Needless to say, they are big players in the mobile electronic medical record world. So it’s welcome news they are developing an app for the iPad.
Epic will translate the Haiku application into an application developed for the iPad called Canto, “with similar functionality yet more capabilities due to a larger screen,” Paula said. “Once iPads come into play, I have a vision for them being widely deployed throughout the hospital.” Tampa plans to support clinicians with individually owned iPads at an enterprise level by allowing any physician with privileges to download the Canto program and have access to patient data.
This is a continuation of a recent post where we reviewed Dr. Henry Feldman’s experiences using the iPad as his primary interface during a busy week serving as a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (BIDMC) in Boston. Dr. Feldman is also the Chief Information Architect for the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians.
In this post we interviewed him about his experiences of using the iPad on the wards and focus on three main topics: security, portability, and infection control. In the forthcoming part 3, we will discuss his observations on patient interactions using the iPad and the role of physicians in directing development of clinical applications.
How did you carry your iPad ?
Just in my hand like a book with the Apple case. I thought that on a 14+ hour day it would be tiring, but it never was an issue. I often put it down next to me to write a handwritten note, and I can’t imagine any physician not being near a flat surface once in a while.
The highlight of the recent Steve Jobs keynote where he unveiled iPhone 4 was the video telephony feature that Apple named FaceTime. This is classic Apple, taking an existing technology – video chat, think Skype – and recasting it as a brand new invention.
Predictably, many commentators scoffed that FaceTime is nothing more than marketing fluff, rather than a real innovation. But, on the other hand, if one considers the implications of a zero-configuration feature that allows you to instantly share what you are seeing with a simple phone call, it may turn out to be quite profound – especially for medicine and the patient physician relationship. (read more)
In part one of this series, we reviewed the Blio business model and how Blio has strategically catered to the needs of book publishers as well as readers. In this post, we will review what we know about the technology and functionality of Blio Reader and how it might enhance digital textbooks to move closer towards their potential as a interactive teaching tools.
Excerpt from part 1 of this series:
Blio reader is a fascinating digital publication platform which appears poised to grow rapidly across multiple devices. Since medical textbooks are such a prime target for digital publishing, one can almost guarantee that Blio reader will be how a significant proportion of tomorrow’s medical students and health professionals will be reading. (read more)
Recently, we had the chance to check in with Dr. Henry Feldman. He had posted a detailed summary of his experiences using the iPad as his main interface while rotating on service for a week as a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess hospital (BIDMC) in Boston. Dr. Feldman is also Chief Information Architect for the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. His report was published on Dr. John Halamka’s great blog “Life as a Healthcare CIO” on June 11.
In part 1, we summarize his initial report which was enthusiastic on several important fronts. The summary of the following report includes his experience with the hospital wireless networks, using his hospital’s electronic health record system, interacting with patients using the iPad and how the battery life fared with clinical use. Later, in part 2, we will post an interview with Dr. Feldman to get more detail on his experiences.
Gastroenterologists have some of the coolest technologies in medicine, a requirement when performing extremely delicate procedures, such as an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). These types of procedures require a high level of spatial orientation – something honed over countless hours of practice. Even colonoscopies require a great level of spatial orientation when trying to navigate through the bowel.
A gastroenterologist fellow once jokingly told me how thankful he was for playing too many video games as a child, because it helped him learn how to perform procedures faster. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is actual truth to the statement. An app called Gyromaniac is an example of how the iPhone 4′s new gyroscope feature could actually help physicians practice spatial orientation. (read more)
The Street is reporting that Apple will only be producing 2 millions iPhone 4 units a month, half the amount planned because of display screen shortages in the supply chain. Apple’s iPhone 4 will have the sharpest and highest resolution screen of any smart phone – Apple calls it a “Retina Display”. We highlighted the display in a previous post as being key for health care providers because of its medical imaging potential. The supply chain issue with the screens should be resolved by August, with normal levels of production resuming as planned.
In a recent poll we conducted of our readers – 65% said they are planning on getting the iPhone 4, and with Apple filling 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 in just a day – demand is going to be extremely high – and unfortunately, supply will be low. A scenario not new to Apple customers.
A fair amount of news about Palm in the past few months hasn’t exactly been positive. We’re happy they were bought out by HP – and hope the new partnership will help their app catalog eventually rival the Android and iPhone platforms. Now, Palm appears to be giving their customers a thank you present – in the form of discounted apps. Almost all their apps are half priced in their App Catalog, until July 9th. So look up those medical apps you’ve been itching to download and pull the trigger.
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