Post image for Eye Emergency Manual is a free medical app to diagnose ophthalmology emergencies

Eye Emergency Manual is reference tool for emergency department physicians when facing ophthalmic emergencies.

Although its purpose is specifically to help those in New South Wales, the state’s department of health has created a medical app that is useful worldwide.

The app itself states the information provided is not strictly evidence based.

Instead, it has come from the consensus opinion of an expert working group.

Therefore, it is especially important for those outside of New South Wales to use the app only as a general guide. (read more)

Post image for The Incidental Finding Guidelines app helps radiologists with incidentalomas

The Abdominal CT Incidental Finding Guidelines app was created by RadiologiQ, and it brings the guidelines described by the paper titled Managing Incidental Findings on Abdominal CT: White Paper of the ACR Incidental Findings Committee to the user’s fingertips.

The app was developed to create an interactive algorithm version of the guidelines that can be accessed on the go.
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Post image for NBA is putting wearable health sensors on players

Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece

Players in the NBA D-League are going to be testing out wearable sensors during games.

The sensors will actively monitor the physical movements and cardiovascular activity of players.

Most NBA teams use wearable sensors during practice, but are not allowed to do so during official NBA games. (read more)

Post image for The unknown consequences of extended tablet use by children is a concern to many experts

Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece 

Since the release of the iPad, tablet use has proliferated among the general population including children that can barely walk.

Children easily scroll through apps, stream videos and play games, yet there is some concern among pediatricians and other health experts that too much time spent on tablets can hinder their education and social development.

Many experts say there’s no evidence that screen time on tablets and televisions provides babies and toddlers with any educational or development benefits. What is clear, though, is that tablet time does take away from other non-electronic toy activities that do promote brain development as well as interaction with adults. (read more)

Post image for Can ERres app replace current medical reference tools used by Emergency Medicine Providers

Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece

The ERres app is a resource that contains many of the most used calculators, decision rules, and medications that are used in the emergency care setting.

On their website, the app claims to contain evidence-based information that is constantly being updated. With continuous updates, the app was created to replace paperback versions of the same information so that healthcare workers do not have to keep purchasing new versions.

Previously, 10 Second EM used to be an app that every emergency medicine provider would have as a tool to reference.

However, the app and the information it contains has not been updated since October 2011.

There also does not seem to be any active development or plan for any updates in the near future. The ERres app may act as the best alternative to replace the current go-to app in the emergency medicine field.

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Post image for New Healthpatch biosensor captures a wide range of information with just an adhesive, disposable patch

Wearable technology is one of the hottest areas of mobile health.

Given the increasing burden of chronic disease, the benefits of being able to remotely and unobtrusively monitor patients seems intuitive. How to realize that benefit is certainly a matter of debate.

One clear trend that is emerging, though, is that single-function devices are giving way to far more versatile and less onerous multi-functional sensors.

One of these next generation sensors is HealthPatch, a wearable biosensor that has the ability to continuously monitor everything from a single lead ECG to posture and sleep quality. Vital signs and other biometric data can be wirelessly transmitted to cloud-based devices where the data can be monitored by physicians and patients via Bluetooth. The HealthPatch, made by Vital Connect, is currently under FDA review, but has been cleared in Europe and in Canada.

iMedicalApps recently had the opportunity to get a full demo of the HealthPatch from the Vital Connect team.

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Post image for Apple patent to measure consumer mood released

Satish Misra MD contributed to this article

In a recently released patent, Apple has outlined a new strategy to make advertising increasingly personalized in a rather unusual way.

Content advertisers have always known that the secret to selling is to know your audience. Apple has taken this strategy a step further by proposing a system to track a consumer’s demographics, behavior, and (most surprisingly) their mood.

While the intent is obviously advertising, one has to wonder whether this type of technology – if accurate – could be used for something more than selling you a pair of shoes.

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Post image for Issues with Fitbit Force rash more widespread than initially believed

Editors Note — Fitbit has now recalled the Fitbit Force, please read this post to see why. 

The same day my recent Fitbit Force and Jawbone UP24 comparison review hit publication, I got a text from my sister, an ED physician.

After receiving her Fitbit Force as a gift on Christmas, she began to develop a small rash on her left wrist in February, which she initially attributed to a bug bite. Putting two and two together, she realized the more likely suspect was the scattered reports of nickel allergies that hit the mainstream tech press in mid January. This led to a heartfelt public apology and generous return/exchange policy by Fitbit.

However, it appears this issue might be more widespread than initially believed.

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Post image for Researchers develop flexible body sensors

Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece

Researchers at North Carolina State University recently published a paper in Nanoscale on their use of silver nanowires to create stretchable, multifunctional sensors that can be used in biomedical, military and athletic applications.

The sensors can measure strain, pressure, human touch and bioelectrical signals.

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Post image for EchoLab is an outstanding niche clinical calculator app for the iPhone & iPad

One unique feature of echocardiography as an imaging modality is the integration of both anatomical and flow data to make complex assessments of cardiac structures. To assess a stenotic aortic valve, for example, requires an appreciation of the concept of the conservation of mass with regards to flow as well as the structure of the valve and LV outflow tract. A lot can be derived about the heart based on Doppler assessment of flow and 2D structural measurements.

As such, echocardiography is riddled with formulas.

Given their relatively narrow scope, these formulas are rarely found in your typical medical calculator app or even calculator apps aimed at cardiologists.

For that reason, we took a look at Echo Lab, a calculator app designed specifically for this niche purpose.

Not only does it accomplish what it sets out to do, EchoLab is also a great example for other enterprising clinicians and developers of a how a decision support tool should be designed.

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Post image for Games For Change partners with USAID to promote health games abroad

Games For Change (G4C) is a non-profit company that seeks to promote the use of games in advancing social wellness, education, and health.

G4C acts as a hub for the games for social impact sector in several ways including distribution/promotion, funding support, and establishing key partnerships that advance game use in new fields.

Here, we will look at G4C’s involvement in the Half the Sky Movement.

This movement seeks to raise awareness of women’s issues through multimedia projects.

G4C’s Half the Sky Project involves the creation of 3 mobile games – Worm Attack!, Family Values, and 9 Minutes – with the help of several developers and a key partnership with USAID.

iMedicalApps had the opportunity to talk with Asi Burak, the President of G4C, about the Half the Sky Project, the case study evaluating the 9 Minutes game, and the future of the project and partnership with USAID. (read more)

Post image for AliveCor ECG is approved for over the counter sales

AliveCor today announced that its smartphone compatible ECG monitor has been approved by the FDA for over the counter use.

For those not familiar with the AliveCor device, this smartphone peripheral enables users to capture single lead ECG tracings on demand similar to some traditional event recorders. The elegant and simple design of the AliveCor Heart Monitor, however, separates it from most of the currently available devices.

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