Post image for Key features hypertension apps need to have based on an extensive review of medical literature

Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece

This is the first part of a series we are doing on hypertension apps, next week iMedicalApps will be making formal recommendations of hypertensive apps we recommend physicians use with their patients based on an extensive review we have done of the App Store.

According to the American Heart Association, hypertension affects nearly 78 million Americans and its prevalence is increasing.

As a major contributor to coronary artery disease, renal disease, and cerebrovascular disease, effective management of hypertension is of critical importance both on an individual level and from a public health standpoint. Like many chronic diseases, self-management is particularly important.

A commonly employed strategy is home blood pressure monitoring – an approach endorsed by the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension, and other professional societies. When you think about it, self-tracking of home blood pressure seems to be a task that should be particularly amenable to mobile health tools like smartphone or tablet applications.

As part of a focus on chronic disease self-management, iMedicalApps will be putting together several features on specific conditions that are intended to help clinicians understand (1) the evidence for use of smartphone applications and (2) available tools that they can recommend to their patients. First, we’ll start with hypertension.

Here we present the results of our literature review and share the insights we gained on what evidence-based features we believe should be included in patient-centric apps for hypertension self-management. In upcoming pieces, we’ll look at available apps as well as connected blood pressure monitors and try to provide a roadmap for integrating these tools into your practice.

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Post image for BabelMeSH app helps researchers search PubMed in 13 different languages

The BabelMeSH app allows you to perform a quick search of MEDLINE PubMed in thirteen different languages. Previously, iMedicalApps reported on a similar app by the National Library of medicine — and this is their second app. The main screen of BabelMeSH provides three approaches to searching. Two of the approaches use MeSH terms (including the translation feature) and the third uses the PICO format (problem, intervention, comparison, outcome).

The app requires a little bit of playing around to figure out all of the features as there is really no direction and little explanation of them.

Although this is a little frustrating at first, the frustration is short-lived since the app is rather simple.

The first of the three approaches has the same name as the app — BabelMeSH.

In this section, you begin by selecting a language. Then you enter your search term in the selected language. In the screenshot below, French was used for the purpose of demonstration. (read more)

Post image for Power Sleep app donates your phone’s idle time toward powering cancer research

Samsung Austria and the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna have formed a collaboration to let users of Samsung smartphones donate their phone’s idle processor power to further scientific research on cures for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The project is based on the University of Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), which connects thousands of computers around the world in order to conduct computer intensive research.

It is made possible by a new free Android app called Power Sleep which allows users to donate unused computing power of their smartphones to research while they sleep. (read more)

Post image for Samsung and UC San Francisco will partner to accelerate the use of new health sensors

A partnership between Samsung Electronics and UC San Francisco has been announced to establish the UCSF-Samsung Center for Digital Health Innovation in order to accelerate the validation and commercialization of new sensors, algorithms, and digital health technologies for preventative health solutions.

Entrepreneurs and innovators will be able to make use of the test bed to validate their technologies in order to accelerate adoption of new preventative health solutions.

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Post image for KDIGO Mobile app brings nephrology guidelines to the iPad

Introduction

Many clinicians turn to their mobile device as a clinical reference on a daily basis. KDIGO (Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes) is an independently incorporated non-profit foundation dedicated to delivering clinical practice guidelines in nephrology worldwide. They have recently created an app that takes their guidelines and transforms them into a digital format for practitioners to easily access.

Here, KDIGO partnered with Visible Health, Inc, known for the DrawMD series to develop an app to make their guidelines more accessible.

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Post image for CVS leads the way in mobile app design by community pharmacies

Introduction

Previously, iMedicalApps reviewed the different features available in mobile pharmacy apps from the major retailers in the US.

Many of the apps served as a portal to refill medications, whether through manual input, or camera scanning based on the released API from Walgreens.

Some had bonus features, such as Walgreen’s Pill Reminder add-on that was bought from RxmindMe. Since that time, there have been different designs shifts in the apps, but the biggest change has been by CVS.

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Post image for Healio: Orthopaedics Today App is a great tool for keeping up latest news and research in orthopedics

By: Nathan Skelley, M.D.

The world of orthopaedics is dynamic and constantly changing. As with any field, being involved in orthopaedics is much more than just diagnosing and treating orthopaedic injuries. Keeping up to date is critical.

The Healio: Orthopaedics Today app covers topics in all orthopaedic specialty areas and has relevant health policy, business practice, and industry information important to anyone involved in orthopaedics. This is a strong medical app resource that contains relevant up-to-date information for orthopaedic specialists.

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Post image for CARDIO3 Echocardiography app has a wealth of poorly organized information

Echocardiography is a key part of cardiac assessment – its ordered by clinicians for everything from vague complaints of fatigue and dyspnea to seeing if there is a valvular cause for that “new” murmur.

As with any imaging test, there are a lot of normal tests and a lot of common abnormalities. There are also a lot of rare and obscure findings that pop up.

The team behind Cardio3 has built an extensive repository of echo images, accessible through the Cardio3 Comprehensive Atlas of Echocardiography.

Its potentially a great resource given its breadth and depth – however the app’s poor organization and design problems cause it to fall far short of living up to that promise.

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Post image for Multiplier App makes limb length calculations a short and simple task

By Nathan Skelley, MD

For children with various growth abnormalities, limb lengthening procedures can lead to dramatic improvements in functionality and quality of life.

The Multiplier app is a great resource that contains many easy to use calculators for predicting various heights, limb lengths, and growth remaining curves.

The application is designed by the International Center for Limb Lengthening in the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore – a reassuring fact when it comes to accuracy.

This app is designed for orthopedic healthcare professionals working with growth conditions.

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Post image for Quick Medical Diagnosis and Treatment app lives up to its name

By: PJ Lally MD

Quick medical diagnosis and treatment is essentially a condensed version of the larger and more expensive Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment previously reviewed.

The design is simple.

There is a large searchable list of topics on your left and the topic information you choose on your right. The concise version does several things very well.  (read more)

Post image for Free Neuroradiology Cases adds another option to radiology learning apps

By PJ Lally MD

It is exciting when medical apps stop suffering from lack of supply.

There are still many areas of medicine, obstetrics for instance, that could be better covered.

Radiology, however, is starting to have a large number of high quality medical apps to choose from.

If you split the field into categories, there are DIACOM apps, journal apps, and then a growing body of radiology learning apps. Among the radiology learning apps there are enough now that you can almost pick subcategories (see PediatricXR, surgical radiology, radiology 2.0 One Night in the ED, and RealWorld orthopaedics). (read more)

Post image for Critical Medical Guide for Android attempts to package large amount of medical content into an app for Emergency Providers

Emergency Medicine Physicians diagnose a variety of illnesses and undertake acute interventions to resuscitate and stabilize patients. Currently, there aren’t that many Android apps for Emergency Care providers.

The Critical Medical Guide aims to assist physicians in these scenarios by providing crucial clinical guidelines, emergency medical references and material to use as medical reference when needed.

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