Post image for Kaplan offering 100 free e-books through Apple Bookstore for limited time

Kaplan is offering 100 free e-books through iBooks, Apple’s e-reader for the iPad and the iPhone.

For those in the medical field, there are plenty of books to choose from. The e-books range from Kaplan USMLE step 1, 2, and 3, to novels about Intern life.

These books from Kaplan are usually $29.99 in other e-book formats. The deal is only valid in the Apple Bookstore, and lasts until August 30th.

Other categories of free e-books Kaplan is offering for a limited time include College (SAT prep), Graduate (GRE, MBA, MCAT), Law (PMBR), Nursing (CCRN), and Education (GRE, GMAT).

Although these e-books can be accessed on your iPhone, they are significantly easier to read on the iPad. Continue on to see how Kaplan’s USMLE step 3 Qbook looks on the iPad, including the annotating and highlighting functions.

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Post image for Intel and GE are forming jointly owned company to continue collaboration in home health

Hospital medicine is a tricky business and I have learned one of its most counter-intuitive lessons early in my training – our goal is ultimately to keep people as far away from us as possible.

And as the the baby-boomer generation enters its golden years, how we meet this challenge will be one the most important metrics for the effectiveness of our healthcare system.

Millions of tech-savvy Americans will soon demand services that enable them to live independently with chronic illnesses.

And a new joint venture between Intel and General Electric, the latter of which is already a major healthcare tech player, seeks to provide precisely these services. (read more)

Post image for iPad being used in Gulf Oil Spill for real time Public Health reporting

The director of the Louisiana Poison Center, Mark Ryan, is using the iPad to help report cases of Gulf Oil Spill related poisonings to the Public Health Department more quickly.

He is using the app, LogMeIn Ignition, to remotely log into his work PC where he can collaborate with the U.S. Health Department.

Using his iPad, he is able to file reports with the Health Department within 15 minutes of receiving a case.

The iPad allows him to do this type of reporting when he is not at the office, and around the clock.

It’s key to file the reports immediately so the Health Department can monitor trends and respond in a more timely fashion. (read more)

Post image for Carb Counting with Lenny app helps educate pediatric diabetic population in an innovative fashion [App Review]

Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company, and maker of diabetic pumps and other devices for diabetics, has released an app called “Carb Counting with Lenny”, aimed at the pediatric diabetic population.  One of the toughest things to teach children, usually type 1 diabetics, is how to carb count in order to better manage their diabetes.

Check that, one of the toughest things to teach diabetics in general, including adults, is how to carb count.  For those afflicted with type 1 diabetes – the pediatric population, carb counting is essential.

The app has four different levels, and each level must be passed in order to reach the subsequent level, until you reach the “Build a Meal” level, where you can make a target carb goal and then drag and drop food items until your carb goal is met. (read more)

Post image for How to get Epocrates Essentials “Free for Medical Students” deal if you have Android or Palm Web OS

As we mentioned before, Epocrates is giving away its premium version, “Epocrates Essentials”, valued at $169, to all U.S. medical students. If you already have Epocrates Essentials, they are extending your subscription by a year.

The only problem with the free one year subscription offer – there is no Epocrates Essentials for the Android or Palm Web OS (Palm-Pre) platforms.

These two platforms only have the free beta version of Epocrates.

With the recent popularity of the HTC Evo and Droid Incredible, there are plenty of medical students who surely feel left out in the cold – especially since the deal is only valid in the month of August, and Epocrates probably won’t roll out with premium versions for the Android or Web OS platforms in the next 11 days.

One of our astute writers, Jason Paluzzi, a proud Android owner, looked into this further and found out how Android and Palm Web OS users can still get in on this deal. Continue on to see what he found. (read more)

In the excitement of having mobile access to all our patients’ data, are we doctors giving up the last shreds of that non-renewable resource – our free time ? Dr. Wes asks this important question in his recent blog post titled “When the Doctor’s Always In“. Dr. Westby Fisher is a cardiac electrophysiologist in Chicago and if you do not already follow his excellent medical blog, I highly recommend you check it out.

jail cells.jpgIn this post, he makes a very real observation:

we’re seeing a powerful force emerge – a subtle marketing of limitless physician availability facilitated by the advance of the electronic medical record, social media, and smart phones. Doctors, you see, must be always present, always available, always giving.

The dark side of having access mobile access to patient information is that you never leave the office. While all physicians have to struggle with balancing the demands of their profession with their family life, for most docs being at home and not on call meant being away from work. But, as patient care continues to generate more information per patient, the trend is to incrementally blur this separation.

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Post image for Looking for mobile-friendly, authoritative texts and databases? There’s a librarian for that – A review of useful academic apps

By: Susan M. Foster-Harper, MLS, AHIP

I like being in an information nexus.  One way of visualizing a medical librarian’s role is to imagine yourself as a traffic control policeman coordinating traffic from many directions:   on the positive side, you can see oncoming traffic from many directions simultaneously, and it feels pretty nice to facilitate the driver’s access to his/her destination.   On the negative side, drivers are annoyed with any delay as they are convinced they cannot reach their destination fast enough.

As a medical librarian, I like seeing what’s coming at me.  On one side, books and biomedical literature are quickly transitioning to an electronic format.  Vendors and publishers are presenting new products to improve access. (read more)

Post image for GPS enabled albuterol inhaler helps patients localize their asthma triggers

Are there patterns to the usage of albuterol inhalers that would help patients identify their triggers ? It is reasonable to expect that an individual over time would become familiar with the times of day or locations that are more likely to trigger their asthma. But, what if a single neighborhood or a particular event caused a widespread flare up of asthma – how do we track what populations of patients are experiencing in real time ?

Asthmapolis is a company and research project that aims to answer that question for asthma using a compact wireless device that records time and location on patients’ use of their albuterol inhalers. The service is voluntary, anonymized and opt-in. In a newspaper article, the study leader David Van Sickle, PhD remarked that in a pilot study [Columbia Daily Tribune]

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…participants were surprised by the number of times they used their inhalers or where they were when they started to feel short of breath. …and surprised to see they had been relying on their inhalers more often than they thought.

In addition to serving as a mobile patient diary, the technology behind Asthmapolis is being used a in a large scale study of rural asthma. Mobile health technologies seem well suited for chronic diseases where the the long term cycles of diseases may be obscured to both the patient and the physician. It would seem arming patients with  tools to collect real-time data, would be a superior strategy to relying on their recall or occasional physician office visits to collect that information.

Post image for Residency Rater helps family medicine-bound medical students choose a residency

By: Darwin Wan, MS2

Fourth year is a tumultuous time for medical students. Although the toll of clerkships starts to grind down, students now find themselves faced with the difficult dilemma of choosing among dozens, sometimes hundreds of residency programs for further training.

For students heading to a Family Practice residency program, at least there is now an iPhone app that can help them make this difficult decision. Created by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Residency Rater [iTunes link] helps medical students organize their thoughts using a series of criteria and checklists with which they can score different family medicine programs.

By providing a neat and convenient way for users to score programs on multiple criteria, this free app stimulates graduating students to consider all aspects of the program before coming to a decision – an important consideration since the computerized residency match program does not allow students to change their minds once they have submitted their choices.
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Post image for 5 Reasons Why Health Information Technology Needs an Apple Inc.

Health care workers throughout the country daily face the growing pains of the transition from paper charts to electronic medical systems. Not only are there frustrations within each system, every hospital seems to have selected a different EMR.  When I was a medical student at UCSD, I was exposed to 4 separate EMR’s (Epic, PCIS, CPRS, Centricity, etc) during my rotations at various San Diego hospitals.

In this Wild West era of electronic health systems, here are 5 reasons how the health care field could benefit if a company followed Apple’s Paradigm. (read more)

We get tons of submissions for medical app reviews, but unfortunately aren’t able to review every app that gets submitted. So instead we’ve decided our readers, you, would appreciate the free apps. We’ll be giving away promo codes (10 for each app) on our facebook page:

Facebook.com/iMedicalApps

In order to stay on top of the app giveaways, make sure to “Like” our page so you’ll be notified when promo codes for applications are released. You can “like our page” by the facebook plugin located on the right column of our homepage, or by visiting the above link.

We’ll have multiple app giveaways happening every week, starting now…

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Post image for Dragon releases Medical Mobile Search – a voice dictation search tool free for a limited time

Nuance, the makers of the popular desktop dictation software, Dragon Medical Dictation, have just released their first mobile medical app – Dragon Medical Mobile Search.  The app allows clinicians to search online medical content on their iPhone using their voice.

The app works in a carousel fashion, refer to the pictures included to understand what I mean.  Once you use your voice to look up a disease pathology or a drug, you are presented with 5 different search results: Google, IMO (ICD-9 codes), Medline, Drugs.mobi, and Medscape.

We’ve been waiting on this app for some time now.  At HIMSS 2010, Nuance gave iMedicalApps a sneak peak of this application in action.  The video clip of the preview is attached at the end of this post.

Also in the preview demo is the most eagerly anticipated product of theirs: Dragon Medical Mobile Recorder – their extremely popular desktop dictation software in the palm of your hand.  But back to their just released Medical Mobile Search app.

The most important question regarding this app: How well does it recognize the disease or drug you verbalize? (read more)