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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Post image for Epson’s version of Google Glass adds augmented reality and ability to keep your current glasses

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.

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Post image for AAOS Events App by CrowdCompass takes meeting mobility technology to a new level

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.

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Post image for The LearnENT app can be used to learn the essentials of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery

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.

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