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.
Recently, we reviewed the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Pocket Guidelines app and were, in all honesty, disappointed with what we found.
Essentially a compilation of the images of a few charts from various guidelines from ASE, the Pocket Guidelines app made poor use of the platform for which it was designed.
So we approached the next app from ASE, iASE, with some trepidation.
In addition to information from the guidelines, this app also includes features such as calculators commonly used by anyone who interprets echocardiograms.
After trying out iASE, we did find our faith restored.
Psychiatric health conditions and behavioral issues received greater prominence at the 2013 mHealth Summit, with presentations and panels given by prominent national researchers. This focus comes at the right time, when today’s mental health system is extremely dysfunctional.
Long wait times, overtreatment, and high-touch, low-frequency appointments plague both clinicians and patients alike. As Tom Doub, PhD (@tomdoub, @researchatCRI), puts it,
“Most highly trained staff do routine, low-value tasks,” Doub says. “Our psychiatrists—our most scarce resource—are doing routine med checks, and not focused on the most complex, hard problems.”
Here’s our roundup of some of the most interesting work being done to use mobile health to improve mental health.
By: Michael Kerr
The Pain Management Pocketcards app almost gets it right. The app consists of a few genuinely useful reference cards. The inclusion of far too many bells and whistles, however, makes this app a good example of how increasing the complexity of an app’s design doesn’t necessarily make it better.
This app started its life as four cards aimed at a more junior physician or student that provided small pearls of wisdom in the management of pain–assessment, management, suggested dosing, equianalgesic conversions, complications, and side effects. They’ve been available on Amazon for the past 3 years and currently sell for $7.15. The app is available on iTunes for $4.99 and the Google Play store for the same amount.
Over the past few years, iMedicalApps has become the definitive publication on mobile medical technology. We’ve been in the New York Times, Wired, various academic journals, the Brookings Institute and a slew of other publications (iMedicalApps.com/about).
Our Editors have been recognized as being at the frontier of mobile technology– and publishing on iMedicalApps has enabled Editors to flourish in their private and academic careers.
We’re looking to extend these types of opportunities to a few health care professionals who have a good grasp of mobile medicine and technology.
We want to add an additional three Editors to our current staff — two for iOS and one for the Android platform. You need to be a medical professional, have very strong writing skills, and you need to be able to allocate time to writing on a weekly basis.
Interested? Read on for more details. (read more)
By: Irfan Husain
VisualDx has become one of the leading diagnostic tools used among healthcare professionals and is currently being used in over 1,500 hospitals and clinics. VisualDx allows the user to build a differential diagnosis based on preliminary visual findings using their vast collection of clinical images in addition to symptoms and other clinical factors.
Our long-time followers may remember that back in 2010, iMedicalApps spoke with Dr. Art Papier, a co-founder of Logical Images (developer of VisualDx), and published a review of the app.
WebMD recently announced at the 2013 mHealth Summit that it will be expanding the beta program for its Patient Instruction feature.
Physicians who use the Patient Instruction feature on Medscape Mobile can securely send information and instructions on thousands of conditions, procedures, and drugs to their patients that use the WebMD app for iPhone.
The data can also be accessed on WebMD via a desktop as well as other mobile devices.
This is a revised version of our January 2013 review of GymPact, updated with new screenshots and insights into the app that allows you to earn (or lose) money by going (or not going) to the gym. On 1/1/2014, GymPact rebranded as Pact and introduced new goals for dietary tracking. This review will be later updated to reflect these changes.
With the New Year just behind us and excess holiday weight still lingering, many patients and health care providers alike resolve to get in shape and lose weight, hoping this year can be the one where lasting change begins.
Thankfully, that process started two years ago for me, and I lost 25 pounds! (I did re-gain about 10 pounds in 2013 due to my preparations for passing my internal medicine boards). My success is partly thanks to GymPact, a free, simple app that pays you when you go to the gym, and fines you when you don’t.
It almost sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.
After using GymPact for 2 years and 390 workouts later, I’ve earned $147.17 ($83.09 in 2012, $64.08 in 2013), and I’d still highly recommend it to anybody that is serious about getting in shape.
On their 2 year anniversary, GymPact expanded their offerings for earning money with healthy living by introducing two new pacts focused on healthy eating. The first new pact focuses on the number of vegetable servings, confirmed by user-submitted photos of each serving. The second new pact focuses on days of logging nutrition info, via a new partnership with popular food-tracking app MyFitnessPal.
To reflect these additions, they have rebranded as Pact and introduced newly redesigned apps for iPhone and Android, both available later today in their respective app stores. Also, for the new year, today we updated our long-term review of the GymPact app. (read more)
In the first and second parts of the iMedicalApps series on Nearpod, we focused on how to build an effective presentation utilizing the interactive options available. In this article, we will focus on the basics of actually giving a tutorial using Nearpod. This article assumes you can successfully create and publish interactive Nearpod Presentations.
This article will focus on how to set up and run a small tutorial session using Nearpod.
By the end of this article, you will be able to:
- Launch a new small group tutorial using a prepared presentation
- Control a student’s mobile devices using a teacher’s mobile device
- Access students’ answers and share with the other students
3D4Medical are renowned for producing some of the most visually appealing and informative medical apps for the iPad and iPhone. They have traditionally focused on 3dimensional anatomy resources such as Essential Anatomy and the NOVA series which are aimed at medical professionals and designed for use in education. The latest release from 3D4Medical predominantly focuses on radiology which is a departure from the norm. Radiology – Head is a neuroanatomy and neuroradiology resource designed for radiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, medical students and other healthcare professionals who come into contact with neuroradiology. Read on to find out if Radiology – Head can match other renowned neuroradiology resources such as Neurorad.