Purpose of the Review
We will examine Touch Surgery app to explore any potential uses it may have for medical students and professionals.
2013 has been a major year for medical simulations.
Several new apps were released attempting to provide a closer user experience to that of a real OR. One such medical simulator is Touch Surgery, an app iMedicalApps previously reviewed in its iOS form. According to our iOS review, Touch Surgery is the first time that we have seen a decent surgical simulator on a mobile device. This time we will sail forth to find out whether the experience is equally satisfying for Android users.
A number of studies have shown that medical calculators are extremely popular tools on mobile devices. The ability to quickly access and accurately calculate a useful result at the point of care is highly attractive to many healthcare professionals. However, many of these calculators omit the formula to calculate surgical risk of morbidity and mortality.
Surgical Risk Calculator, an app from Cardiff Medical Apps, is designed to allow surgeons to calculate just that using the P-POSSUM operative mortality score system.
Purpose of App Review:
- How useful is this app as a question bank to review topics in Otolaryngology?
The AcademyQ Otolaryngology Knowledge Self Assessment Tool is an app developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
It was created as a question bank type resource to cover the areas of otolaryngology.
The app includes over 400 multiple choice questions covering general otolaryngology as well as the various subspecialties within the field and is great for those that are always on the go. The app also states that each question and explanation is created by a nationally recognized otolaryngology expert.
SPARX, a video game equipped with a 3D interface reminiscent of World of Warcraft, reaches out to children & adolescents to ameliorate symptoms of depression and anxiety. The game teaches cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help the game player reduce symptoms. Players gain experience by progressing through levels with such titles as Dealing with emotions, Overcoming problems, and Recognizing unhelpful thoughts.
Most notably, SPARX — which stands for Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts — was featured in a British Medical Journal article, as previously covered by our team on iMedicalApps. A multi-center randomized controlled trial led by the University of Auckland and the University of Otago (New Zealand), found improvements in depressive symptom reporting and higher remission rates with SPARX than treatment as usual with face-to-face counseling in help-seeking adolescents with depression (n=187) in intention-to-treat analyses.
SPARX is now backed by LinkedWellness, a commercial start-up, and is aiming even higher. iMedicalApps spoke with Frank Otenasek, co-founder of LinkedWellness. His company has been featured in Inc Magazine, Time Magazine, Psychiatric Times, and Medgadget. We spoke with Frank about SPARX, their future plans for addressing co-morbid medical conditions, and how a behavioral science-based video game works from a business perspective.
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app as a replacement of the physical version of the textbook?
McGraw Hill and Usatine Media LLC have released an app version of ABSITE Slayer, a book considered to be one of the best resources for preparing for the American Board of Surgery In-Training examination.
Just like the textbook, the app is based on a question/answer format with high-yield tips to help prepare for the board examination.
Read on for our take on the app.
This is the third article in the medical education series focusing on Nearpod.
The previous first and second articles have focused on preparing a presentation and then maximizing teaching using the interactive features.
This article will focus on utilizing the analytic features offered by Nearpod to maximize learning.
By the end of this article, you will:
- understand the analytic options available from Nearpod
- understand the limitations of the Nearpod platform
Purpose of the Review
- This review will analyze Bodyxq Heart for Android to ascertain its usefulness for patients.
Bodyxq claims to be the world’s first interactive education program that enables you to travel inside the organs of the body and explore their functions.This app is developed by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, which describes itself as an international non-profit organization.
Since we’re always on the look out for apps that could be useful patient education tools, this one caught our eye. However, delving deeper, we quickly discovered that there is a hidden agenda of which healthcare professionals should be aware.
Currently I own several fitness trackers and several apps for health monitoring and fitness, but this is the first time I have come across an app that actually means something to me as a patient.
Arising out of the Novartis Thalassemia App challenge is the new app called ThaliMe, by Curatio.
Before I get into detail about ThaliMe, I think some background information is in order. My family is of multiple backgrounds that have immigrated to the United States,from England and Cambodia. As a child, several of my cousins and I were poked and prodded and eventually found to have Thalassemia to different degrees. Personally, I have not had to struggle as much as others in the South East Asian community as well as others in my extended family.
However, as one of the few medical professionals in my family, it is a topic that frequently comes up and discussed. Many in my family face chronic anemia, treatments and fatigue that impacts daily lives. As a believer in mobile technology, the quantified patient, and the expanding role of medical treatments and community, an app that seeks to address a health disease specific to me was astounding.
Happtique recently announced the suspension of their App Certification Program after health IT expert Harold Smith, CEO of Monkton Health, disclosed several security flaws in apps he had randomly selected for evaluation from Happtique’s first round of “certified” apps. Coming nearly two years after they announced their intention to create a certification program for health apps, these findings were an embarrassing setback for a program that was intended to help patients and clinicians feel confident about their app selections.
More importantly, they highlight the difficulty of curating the tens of thousands of medical and health apps now available. App certification sounds like a great idea in principle. However, it is a one-size-fits-all solution; it sets an arbitrary bar that lacks clear meaning for the patients and healthcare professionals using these apps.
What would be a better approach to help patients and healthcare professionals navigate this space? A do-it-yourself framework in which the end-users can assess whether a particular app is the right tool for their clinical situation.
Purpose of App Review
- to review the breadth and quality of questions
- to review utility of the app for studying for USMLE Step I
So little time and so much to learn. We are always in search of a better, more efficient way to learn, remind, or cram all the information needed in order to not only pass, but to achieve our best score. Score95.com aims to help USMLE hopefuls study better in order to better prepare for USMLE Step I.
If you received a new iPhone as a present during the holiday season–welcome to the club. Now you have to know the essential medical apps you’ll need in the hospital and clinic setting. For those who received iPads and Android devices, don’t fret, those lists are coming next week.
In prior years, you could only use the UptoDate (UTD) app if you had an individual subscription to the app. This left out thousands of physicians since they have access to UTD through their hospital or academic institutions, and were unable to use the individual iPhone or Android app. Thankfully, earlier this year they launched, UpToDate Anywhere. This enabled participating hospitals and academic institutions to allow their physicians to use UTD on the native iPhone/Android app for the first time.
We did an in-depth video demonstrations of how to set up UTD using your hospital subscription here: UpToDate setup on iPhone
Price: Free to download, though the subscription fee varies.
A recent survey of 2,000 adults by the Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found that many patients would share their personal data with insurers for rewards. This includes data regarding their lifestyles and medical tests (e.g. blood pressure, genetic tests) they undergo. In recognition for their endeavors for better personal health management, they would want lower premiums or potential rewards.
While many insurers have been exploring the use of programs and identification of mobile applications to help their members live better lives, this information may bridge the gap to actual meaningful utilization.
However, while the survey demonstrated patients were willing to undergo tests and questionnaires for financial reimbursement or reduction in premiums, they were less likely to utilize patient diaries or track daily diet.
This comes back to the notion of how to utilize mobile medical applications and associated healthcare oriented apps in the management of patients. Patients may be more likely to comply and utilize these apps if their caregivers prescribe these apps in collaboration with insurance programs, under the stance that by doing so they may be rewarded. While the survey suggests patients may be willing to undergo such sharing of data, it will probably depend on the implementation of how to conduct a collaboration program between insurers, providers and patients.