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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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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