Purpose of the Review
To find out how useful this app would be to a physician in his day to day life.
There are several health encyclopedia apps around the Google Play Store so it’s always good to check them out to find out their value.
Pocket Doctor lite is a mobile app developed by a UK Doctor that was originally available on WAP in 2001.
It was developed by the app developing company Pocket App, a company that has several quality products under their belt.
Let’s see how they did on this one. (read more)
With the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, we can finally say the Smartwatch Wars have effectively begun.
While Sony has already released a smartwatch, and several other projects have been launched like Pebble, Samsung has effectively been the first major mobile company to enter the field.
While the smartwatch offers the ability to sync with a smart device (e.g. smartphone, tablet computer) and serve as an adjunct tethered tool, it may play a significant role in healthcare due to several features. Aside from the built in microphones, 1.9-megapixel camera, and speaker, there is the built in gyroscope and accelerometer.
Pocket sized ultrasound devices (PUDs) have potential to improve global health care delivery due to their potential role in areas with limited resources. Although theoretically they have much promise, their use has been limited due to a lack of imaging protocol and trained users.
This particular study, titled — “Feasibility of remote real-time guidance of a cardiac examination performed by novices using a pocket-sized ultrasound device” looked at the cardiac limited ultrasound exam (CLUE) to screen for left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction, left atrial (LA) enlargement, ultrasound lung comets, and elevated central venous pressure (CVP).
Previous studies have shown that CLUE not only provides diagnostic and prognostic data, but also confers the potential of wireless transmission of data (unavailable for traditional bedside cardiac exams).
To determine the feasibility of utilizing low-cost smartphone based applications that allow wireless video conferencing to guide novice users in using CLUE.
A novice with limited training can perform CLUE using PUD when wirelessly guided by an expert (using FaceTime — explained in the Methods section below). This method can increase the use of PUD and help in emergency settings and medical triage.
Commentary and Implication to mHealth:
by Mohamed Elawad
Touch Bionics has developed a new bionic prosthetic called the iLimb Ultra Revolution.
The limb comes with an app that allows the user to customize the type of grips to be made throughout the day. The iLimb features a rotating thumb which allows for a precision grip.
It aligns the thumb and index finger and has the ability to gradually increase the strength of grip on an object. The combination makes tasks like writing, tying shoelaces and picking up small items much easier. (read more)
Purpose of the Review
To find out how useful this app would be to a physician.
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. This includes the analysis of the general health situation of population groups.
It is used to monitor the incidence and prevalence of diseases and other health problems. (read more)
Today, IBM and MD Anderson announced the development of a prototype of a platform designed to provide treatment recommendations for and help guide the management of oncology patients.
Oncology Expert Advisor will be available to oncologists affiliated with MD Anderson through both computers and mobile devices. The platform will take patient data, both that contained in discrete structured forms and in unstructured clinical notes, and match it up to everything from clinical data, research protocols, treatment guidelines, and more to make a more personalized treatment recommendation. These recommendations may include non-standard and experimental protocols as well – regimens that clinicians may not be aware of yet.
By identifying and weighing data-driven connections between the attributes in a patient’s profile and the knowledge corpus of published medical literature and guidelines in Watson, MD Anderson’s Oncology Expert Advisor can provide evidence-based treatment and management options that are personalized to that patient, to aid the physician’s treatment and care decisions.
Mobile devices are often described as an opportunity to increase efficiency and reduce costs in healthcare. While those expectations are certainly widespread, the data backing it up isn’t quite there yet.
A recent study published by a team based at the Carter Center in Atlanta shares their experience in utilizing a tablet-based disease surveillance platform and compares it to more traditional methods.
Far beyond a small pilot test, they evaluated this tablet-based system in a project that collected data from 12,000 households in Ethiopia. In comparing the tablet-based approach to the traditionally used methods for collecting data, they found significant gains in efficiency, accuracy, and speed. As far as costs, they found the two methods to be equivalent but noted that the fact they could reuse the tablets later would likely lead to long-term cost savings.
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app for parents to track the growth of their children?
BabyGrow is a medical app geared towards parents to help them track the growth of their children.
The app allows parents to input their child’s height, weight and head circumference at various ages and then plots their child’s growth along the normal growth curve created by the CDC and WHO.
by Mohamed Elawad
There are many benefits of using cloud storage for Physicians as has been documented prior on iMedicalApps.
Dropbox is a cloud service that iMedicalApps is a big fan of and has featured on our recent 20 best free iPhone apps for medical professionals.
There are now websites and apps that enable users to share and stores files on Dropbox, whilst adhering to HIPAA compliance.
by Mohamed Elawad
A toothbrush created from a 3D model of your own mouth has been created by Blizzident.
The creators claim the brush is capable of perfectly brushing all your teeth within six seconds and can also floss and brush your tongue at the same time.
The 3D model used to create your own Blizzident comes from an impression or scan of your teeth from your dentist.
Blizzident bristles are placed on the surface of your teeth and aligned exactly along your gum line. There are also inter-dental bristles between your teeth. (read more)
In the past few months, I have noticed my news feed populated by reports highlighting new medication adherence apps popping up and even a study evaluating and comparing available adherence apps. As a pharmacist cognizant of my patients difficulty taking their medications on a prescribed regular basis, the exploration of apps that will make a significant impact in this field are of particular interest.
It is hard to argue with the value of increasing medication adherence, especially with data suggesting that non-adherence to medications is costing over $100-290 billion in healthcare expenditures in the US [1,2]. Obviously, this is a problem that needs to be addressed and some are looking towards mobile technology as a solution.