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)
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.
Epson will soon release their Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses. The smart glasses cover the field of vision of the user and are capable of producing both 2D and 3D graphics. Unlike Google Glass which has a monocular eyepiece outside your line of sight, the Moverio covers your field of view as regular glass frames would.
By: Nathan Skelley, M.D.
Any health care practitioner that has attended a national medical meeting knows that these events can be overwhelming.
There are lectures to hear, posters to see, exhibits to experience, training courses to attend, colleagues to meet – all during what may be your first time in a new city. Conferences are increasingly turning to apps to help attendees make the most of their experience.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is utilizing the AAOS Events app for their 2014 Annual Meeting. With the AAOS annual meeting around the corner, here we will look to see if this app is worth your time.
LearnENT is an app that was developed by a group of otolaryngologists from the University of Ottawa. It was designed to help students learn about head and neck surgery. The app was developed using a variety of teaching methods to cater to many learning styles and includes useful information for medical students and junior residents.
The developers of the app also included all of the information contained in the app on their website at www.learnent.ca so that users without iOS devices can access the content.
New goggles that allow surgeons to visualize cancer cells were first used in surgery recently.
The technology, created at the Washington University School of Medicine, causes cancer cells to glow blue to the surgeon.
The technology uses near-infrared quantum dots to target various types of cancer cells.
The imaging sensor and the see-through display are head-mounted. The sensor is able to detect the glow of the targeted cells using a contrast (indocyanine green) dye. (read more)
Basis Science, makers of the wearable smartwatch/activity tracker Basis Band, was acquired by Intel for a reported $100M-$150 million dollars. We recently reviewed the Basis Band here at iMedicalApps. This ends speculation that Basis had been shopping itself for a buyer, with rumored partners including Google and Apple, Inc.
Although Basis essentially only had one primary product on the market (the newer 2014 Carbon Steel Edition is largely a cosmetic upgrade of the B1 Band with carbon steel accents), their activity trackers included sensors that most other wrist-worn wearables lacked.
These included an optical heart rate sensor, skin temperature sensor, and galvanic skin response (i.e. sweat) sensor. The move represents a strong play for Intel into the increasingly crowded wearable sensor market.
At this year’s mHealth Summit I had the opportunity to view a demonstration by Telcare, the maker of a cellular enabled glucometer and its accompanying platform for both patients and Physicians. Telcare’s glucometer looks like a cellphone. It has a colored screen, is cellular enabled and takes blood samples with its own strips as any conventional glucometer would.
No wires, or bluetooth connectivity is needed for the glucometer to work. All readings are automatically uploaded into the cloud via cellular network. (read more)
A proper eye exam performed by Physicians requires the use of several testing tools that physicians often don’t carry with them.
The idea behind the Pocket Eye Exam app is a mobile tool that would replace the need of carrying physical visual acuity charts with you. The app developers state it was made and tested by Biomedical Engineering undergraduates and Neurologists at the University of Virginia.
By: PJ Lally MD
Chest X-ray training by Polwarth Medical is a multiple choice study tool for those needing training and review of chest x-ray images. With over a hundred cases, the medical app covers a fairly wide breadth of topics so even those familiar with the basic chest x-ray can learn a few new tricks.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently published a paper in the journal Advanced Optical Materials on a test they created that uses responsive holograms to monitor conditions such as diabetes, cardiac function, infections, electrolyte or hormones imbalance. (read more)
AirStrip has made plenty of headlines in the past for delivering cutting-edge apps that show live patient monitoring to iOS and Android devices. The company brings ICU, OB & fetal, and cardiology monitoring, in conjunction with nursing notes, order results, and other historical data into a touchscreen-friendly interface. Their work has been featured on Apple’s top medical apps and commercials.
Their most recent work, AirStrip ONE, brings together data from multiple sources and even multiple electronic medical record systems (EMR’s) into one attractive app.
iMedicalApps recently interviewed AirStrip COO Matt Patterson, MD. Dr. Patterson trained in otolaryngology in the U.S. Navy, served as Medical Director of the Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego, CA — the elite training command of the U.S. Navy SEALs — then joined McKinsey & Company’s healthcare practice. He is now responsible for operations at AirStrip.