Local residents can let the emergency department at Riverside Community Hospital know they’re on the way using mobile app iTriage.
Using the app, patients can fill in relevant information including the nature of their problem and allergies.
Staff at the hospital can use the information to prepare for the patient’s arrival.
Ever get frustrated with your medical record system or get frustrated with your Windows computer and opted to travel with your iPad instead? Perhaps your patients got confused with your pages and pages of discharge instructions? The common thread is that many of these lack user experience design.
In the past, the design for good user experience (UX) and user interfaces (UI) distinguished Apple’s iPhone from the multi-button Blackberry, Windows Mobile phones, and dumbphones of the past.
Unfortunately, many electronic medical record systems don’t yet leverage good user experience design techniques. (read more)
Purpose of App Review
- to review the step-by-step guidance
- to evaluate the utility of the app for manuscript production
Published research provides important guidance on disease diagnosis and management.
Much more research is conducted than actually published.
The PlanToPublish medical app provides step-based guidance to aid the researcher on the many steps involved in writing up research. (read more)
What do you get when your patients don’t take their medications or adhere to a treatment plan? Readmissions to the inpatient wards, $300 billion of healthcare utilization, and 125,000 needless deaths. The new PatientPartner mobile game aims to boost adherence by giving patients something to play for 15 minutes while waiting in the doctor’s waiting room.
The game unfolds by telling a fictional patient’s health story, like a clinical case. Reminiscent of a Choose Your Own Adventure book — in a more interactive, engaging form — the video game player decides at critical points what to do about the game character’s health.
In one clinical study, use of the app increased medication adherence by 37%.
CyberDoctor CEO & founder Akhila Satish, MS, who drew from her life sciences research experience at the National Institutes of Health, University of Pennsylvania, & University of Michigan, spearheaded the project.
The app draws on the experience of director Mantosh Dewan MD, a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and former chair of SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Department of Psychiatry.
Ensuring that all clinician and healthcare professionals have an understanding of the basics of evidence based medicine is important in order to critically appraise a research paper and evaluate it. There are a multitude of excellent resources and books available to help with this; however, there are not many medical apps designed with critical appraisal in mind. Critical APPraisal was developed by Afroze Khan and aims to fill the gap in the medical app field.
At iMedicalApps, we believe that the ability for mobile devices to display a range of interactive visual media is one reason they are so powerful.
This has numerous implications from radiology to patient education and anatomy.
We have reviewed a number of anatomy resources and now will review Virtual Body Human Anatomy which won one of Apple’s Best Of app awards in 2012.
Google Helpouts is a new video service by Google that connects individuals seeking help with experts via real time online video. Healthcare providers are using the platform to connect with Patients. Helpouts is built on top of Google’s Hangouts platform and is HIPAA compliant.
As a result of growing pressures on healthcare providers to see more patients, the time that a patient spends with their provider is decreasing.
Obviously, this has the potential to lead to a decrease in the quality of care. To tackle this problem, Dr. Richard Awdeh, Head of Executive Medicine at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, founded CheckedUp.
It is an mHealth solution that aims to decrease the gap in communication between doctors and patients.
“Our goal is to make the care process as transparent as possible. Mobile technology has revolutionized the way that we communicate within our communities, yet communication so crucial to modern healthcare continues to lag,” says Awdeh. (read more)
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app in helping users track their medical conditions?
Symple is an app that helps patients track their medical conditions daily. This can be helpful for patients who have new symptoms and want to track what may trigger their symptoms or even for patients with chronic conditions who want to keep track of their disease progression. Many times it can be months until a patient gets the opportunity to follow up with their physician and it can be difficult for patients to recall exactly when their disease was better or worse. This app helps patients record all of the pertinent information to make it easier for doctors to understand their disease process and can possibly help with clinical decisions involving treatment.
Recent smartphones, such as the iPhone, are often equipped with an accelerometer and magnetometer that, through software applications, can perform various inclinometric functions. Although many of these applications are intended for recreational use, they have the potential to measure and quantify range of motion.
The purpose of this study was to estimate the intra and inter-rater reliability as well as the criterion validity of the clinometer and compass applications of the iPhone in the assessment of the cervical range of motion in healthy participants.
When compared to the gold standard (CROM), the iPhone applications showed moderate to good validity as an assessment tool. There was also good intra-rater reliability and but lower inter-rater reliability.
The ability to carry an accurate mobile gyroscope and accelerometer in a mobile device has implications for a range of specialties including orthopedics and physiatry. This study agrees with a number of other studies that show mobile devices can be relatively accurate when compared to existing measuring standards. Future work in the field of cervical range of motion should focus on measurements in pathological scenarios.
In the UK, NICE guidelines are used to promote management of a wide number of conditions according to best practices.
These guidelines are useful tools for both diagnosis and management; having them in a mobile format at the point of care could have a meaningful impact on the quality of patient care.
To date, there are a number of apps which have offered this functionality. Now, NICE has joined the party with an official app that contains all the guidelines in a simple accessible format.
Iltifat Husain MD (@IltifatMD) contributed to this piece
Infectious disease (ID) is a difficult topic for many clinicians to handle.
Inevitably, questions arise such as what is the best treatment for a certain infection, how much and how long should I prescribe treatment, and what should I monitor for?
This becomes all the more important as we enter an era where antimicrobial resistance has become all the more apparent, fostering such resistant pathogens as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE), and Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) organisms (1).
Indeed, it is a scary world where multidrug resistant pathogens may kill individuals that would have otherwise responded well to similar treatments in years past.
As a pharmacist, seeing the resistance build-up to our medications is a worrisome problem, and further emphasizes my belief in antibiotic stewardship programs to use antibiotics responsibly in practice (2).