The UK based Open Hand Project, which aims to make advanced prosthetic hands more accessible, has surpassed its goal of raising $63,000 on Indiegogo.
Once the robotic hand has been fully developed, the creator intends to make the plans open source.
Robotic hands can cost tens of thousands of dollars, the goal of the of the Open Hand Project is to make them much more affordable and accessible. (read more)
Recently our Founder and Editor-In-Chief of iMedicalApps, Iltifat Husain (@iltifatMD), was asked by the Brookings Institute to speak on a panel about the Modernization of Health Care through Mobile Technology and Medical Monitoring devices.
The panel was moderated by Darrell West, the vice president and director of governance studies and director of the center for technology innovation at the Brookings Institute.
In Dr. Husain’s opening statement (the 12:50 mark), he mentioned two companies he is looking forward to hearing more from: VisiMobile and AdhereTech. Further, he mentions how health tracking isn’t always a good thing. Husain goes on to mention other devices he is a fan of, and how he feels mobile technology will be used in the future of medicine. He makes key points on how we need to be careful who we monitor — and “blanket monitoring” isn’t the solution, it will only create more problems.
The video is below:
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app as a pocket reference tool for medical professionals?
Many medical students and residents carry various mini-booklets in their pockets to reference while on the wards.
Many of these reference booklets, like Maxwell Quick Medical Reference, include basic information such as normal lab values, the glasgow coma scale, and sample notes.
The Medical Doctor app includes all of the information normally found in these reference booklets without taking up the extra space in your white coat pocket.
By: Michael Kerr
There’s little in medicine so polarizing as knowing what to do in an acute emergency. In one instance you’re a hero, a leader people look up to.
You get to enjoy a thick syrupy gratification that all those years of hard work and study have culminated in actually doing good for someone, perhaps saving a life.
Perhaps one of the most esoteric medical moments.
On the other hand it could be the crack that unleashes a flood of career long doubt, fear, and avoidance. So if these situations are so potentially critical to both patients and ourselves, wouldn’t it be prudent to prepare? Sure we all do the yearly BLS / ACLS retraining. We all know this means little more than drinking tea, complaining about hospital biscuits, and hoping that there’s someone else in the group who also can’t remember how to synchronize before a cardioversion. (read more)
Purpose of the Review
We will explore the app to ascertain whether it’s an app to recommend to our patients.
There is a public health need for citizens to become knowledgeable about first aid to be able to handle emergencies until professional help arrives. As such, it’s natural that the app store slowly becomes more and more populated by apps that aim to fill this information gap. AR First Aid Emergency & Home for Android is an app developed by AR Medical.
Purpose of App Review
- to evaluate the usability of the app
- to evaluate the questions utilized compared to Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
Depression affects 4 in 10 Americans. Postpartum depression affects up to 25% of postpartum women.
Screening for postpartum depression is different than screening for major depressive disorder.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) provides a sensitive and specific screening tool for postpartum depression and until recently, the tool was usually given in paper form.
The Postnatal Depression Test Pro app provides an electronic version of the EDPS for perinatal care providers and their patients.
Peter Hudson, M.D. (@PeterHudsonMD) is co-founder and CEO of iTriage.
iTriage is a free mobile app that allows people to look up symptoms, diseases, procedures, and medication information, as well as locate hospitals & clinics.
The app also acts as a medical hub on a mobile phone by tracking appointments, healthcare provider contact information, and organizing health information for patients.
Dr. Hudson accomplished many successes in his path to entrepreneurship: he’s founded multiple companies with four exits, became a healthcare investment banker, and served as managing partner to emergency medical practices. He has practiced emergency medicine in county systems, non-profit systems, and around the world: Nepal, Guatemala, and Kenya.
We recently sat down with Dr. Hudson at the Health 2.0 Silicon Valley 2013 conference and spoke to him about what drives and inspires him. (read more)
Laptops are routinely used for expert teleconsultation purposes. Compared to conventional laptops, smartphones are more handy, have better wireless internet connectivity, and have different image viewing capabilities. This pilot study compares the diagnostic ability and reliability of smartphones compared to the established use of laptops in teleophthalmology (the delivery of eye care through digital medical equipment and telecommunications technology).
Purpose of App Review
- to review the utility of the app for routine pelvic organ prolapse assessment
- to evaluate the diversity of the app for POP-Q grid guidance and for visual guidance
Muscles and soft tissue eventually give out.
For some women this occurs in their 30s or 40s, for others in the 60s and 70s; other women never experience the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
When women present with symptoms, meticulous attention to the pelvic floor support is required to diagnose and plan treatment strategies.
The Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification (POP-Q) system is a validated physical exam tool to assess POP (Bump RC, Mattiasson A, Bo K, Brubaker LP, DeLancey JO, Klarskov P, Shull B, Smith ARB, Am J Obstet Gynecol, 175(1):1956-1962, 1996).
The POP-Q Pelvic Organ Prolapse Interactive Assessment Tool medical app seeks to provide a visual grid and pelvic anatomy guide and teaching tool for healthcare providers of women with POP.
Purpose of App Review
- to review the diversity of due date and gestational age calculations
- to compare the iPhone app to the similar iPad app
Obstetric wheels provide the prenatal care provider with important information.
By knowing a patient’s estimate gestational age (EGA), her last menstrual period (LMP), or estimated date of confinement/delivery (EDD), you can calculate the other two variables.
Being able to calculate gestational age today is very helpful for appropriate patient care, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Occasionally, it is also important to be able to calculate the EGA on a particular day or calculate the EDD from the gestational age on a given day. The Wheel SP medical app, similar to its iPad cousin–(the Wheel HD, previously reviewed with 9 other obstetric wheel apps–seeks to help prenatal care providers calculate pregnancy-related dates simply and quickly.
Health 2.0′s 7th Annual Convention in Silicon Valley highlighted big trends occurring in the field of healthcare technology. Sessions covered sensors, mobile apps, and infrequently-discussed topics such as sexual health and alcoholism and happiness.
Panels covered innovative apps in diagnosis of diseases, details on approaching venture capital firms, and mental health applications.
We had the opportunity to talk with leaders in mobile health including Pete Hudson, MD, CEO of iTriage and Mantosh Dewan, MD, advisor to CyberDoctor.
We will also share interviews with the senior Vice President of HealthOne’s Sermo, Amy Cueva, founder of the Mad*Pow health technology design firm as well as other leading figures in Health 2.0. Below, we’ll highlight where nearly US $2 billion in funding goes to which types of apps and devices, opportunities for healthcare physicians and patients with app ideas, and the most important trends occurring in healthcare information technology. (read more)