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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A new effort we are undertaking at iMedicalApps is trying to find the best medical apps released on a monthly basis. This is the second installment in this effort. We did a review of the top iPhone medical apps released in January last month, and this post reviews the top iPhone medical apps released in the month of February.

Similar to our first effort, our research team parsed through hundreds of medical apps released in the prior month to find key applications for inclusion. I went through and tried numerous apps, ending up with 10 medical apps health care professionals should consider downloading. (read more)

Post image for AliveCor-Practice Fusion partnership hints at future opportunities & challenges of the “quantified self”

Last week, AliveCor and Practice Fusion announced a partnership that would enable strips captured through the AliveCor Heart Monitor to be imported directly into Practice Fusion’s cloud-based EHR. On the face of it, this capability should not be all that exciting.

It’s certainly not a huge technical leap forward. However, in the context of a heavily siloed health IT world, it approaches revolutionary. For clinicians, this partnership raises interesting questions and opportunities for day-to-day practice.

Given the sheer number of emerging consumer health devices, one of the key questions will be–how do we find the sweet spot between patients collecting valuable information that disappears into the cloud and a thousand streams of data leading to paralyzing information overload?

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Post image for Researchers develop Google Glass app that delivers instant analysis of point-of-care diagnostic tests

Researchers from UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a Google Glass application and server platform that lets Glass users analyze point-of-care diagnostic tests targeted at a wide range of diseases and health conditions. 

The researchers say the technology has the potential to enhance the tracking of dangerous diseases and improve public health monitoring and rapid responses in disaster-relief areas or quarantine zones. The system relies on the use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) in which  blood or fluid samples are placed on small strips that change color to indicate the presence of a range of diseases and conditions.

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Post image for The Apple iWatch is coming and what Physicians should be on the lookout for

I’m NOT a tech insider. I don’t have any secret connections into Chinese manufacturing lines, and the only friends I know that work for Apple are retail employees.

However, for those that have closely followed Apple’s releases in the past, there’s been a steady stream of information leaking out regarding  Apple’s upcoming smartwatch (we’ll call it the iWatch).  Most importantly, the iWatch WILL be health-focused, and will focus a lot of attention on the quantified self and wellness. Here are some predictions for the iWatch, and the promise it holds for health care providers.

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Post image for iMedicalApps is looking for a pediatrician passionate about mobile health to join our team

iMedicalApps has become a respected and valuable resource for the medical community over the past several years. A big part of our success is that we work with a group of actively practicing health professionals at various stages in their careers who are passionate about mobile health technology.

For many of us, our work at iMedicalApps happens in our “free time” after long days in the clinic or on the wards. That clinical experience, we believe, is critical to making our writing relevant to our peers.

Over the coming months, you’ll see a focused expansion of the iMedicalApps team in specific disciplines and specialties. And we’ll be looking for a wide range of healthcare professionals.

To start, we are looking for a pediatrician to join our team. From apps directed at parents to help promote the health of their children to emerging SMS based platforms to promote medication adherence among adolescents, the use of mobile health technology is rapidly growing in pediatric practice.

We are looking for a healthcare professional with a clinical background in pediatrics who can commit to working with iMedicalApps for at least one year and contribute at least one article per week. Residents, fellows and practicing physicians/physician assistants/nurse practitioners are all welcome to apply. If you’re interested, fill out the form here by March 22nd and we’ll be in touch.

Post image for The best android PDF annotation apps for physicians and their medical literature

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating system. The format is light and can support a variety of document styles, from text-heavy manuals to highly image-based documents such as ebooks and comics. There are literally hundreds of PDF readers available for Android. Having this myriad of choices makes it common practice for users to either use the PDF reader app already provided by the phone manufacturer or do a best PDF readers search in Google.

The problem with the first approach is that you might get stuck with a less than adequate solution while the latter might produce a reader with a feature list longer than your arm but with only a handful of actually useful ones.

iMedicalApps took a closer look at that best PDF readers results page and subjected them to a few simple tests to determine which are actually better suited for our medical needs. We tested the 10 most common PDF readers with a medical paper and assessed their ease of use, reading features, price and annotating abilities.

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Post image for Psych on Demand app puts essential evidence based forms at your fingertips

By: PJ Lally MD

I have been waiting for a medical app like this.

As a primary care physician it can be difficult to objectively monitor your patient’s psychiatric progress.

Much of the evolution in care in diseases such as depression, anxiety, and dementia are, and should be, subjective and qualitative. (read more)

Post image for New First Aid for Step One 2014 medical app review

By: PJ Lally M.D.

Purpose of App Review

The classic Step One board review book almost every medical student has used and abused is available as a medical app.

Ustatine, the development company that made this app, has teamed with McGraw Hill and created something I wish I could have used for my studies. (read more)

Post image for GoodRx helps patients find the best prices, coupons and discounts for medications

The GoodRx app was developed to get the best deals on prescription medications.

Medications can be very costly, and cost is one of the many reasons that prevent patients from filling their prescriptions on time and staying compliant.

This app was created to provide information on the best local deals, coupons and discounts for any prescription medication.

For many patients, medications can add up to a bulky expense each month and this app can help them save money.
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