By Forrest Harrison MD
I found myself in need of a quick reference orthopedic app that was easy to use. I had been desperately searching for fracture classification diagrams and treatment options on the internet and skimming through reference books only to become even more frustrated.
It was easy to find information if your patient had a simple boxers fracture, but what about all the other metacarpals? I needed a more concise and comprehensive source on the go, so I turned to the App store.
In my search I found two apps previously reviewed on iMedicalApps that appeared promising. (read more)
Surgical training in the UK is very much regulated by a core syllabus.
This syllabus covers all the expected knowledge and outcomes that a surgeon should have at the end of training.
Successful completion of all the aspects of the syllabus is often left to the trainee to manage themselves.
As such, this can lead to problems with job rotations etc.
Now, a recent app aims to make this process somewhat easier in T&O at least.
This has been timed to release shortly after the new ST3 syllabus for orthopedics and is designed for trainers and trainees alike.
Purpose of App Review
The purpose of this app review is to inform readers about the use of emerging smartphone technology to collect clinical research data. This review will focus on a new smartphone app for participants in the Health eHeart clinical research study.
The Health eHeart study is a modern cardiovascular clinical research outcome study designed to build on the classic Framingham study.
I am a Health eHeart research study participant and recently downloaded a new smartphone data collection app designed for participants. (read more)
Modern endoscopy has become a necessary diagnostic and therapeutic tool in many clinical specialties such as pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, and urology.
Advances in handheld computing have created the possibility of transforming a smartphone into a completely mobile endoscopic viewing system at a substantial cost benefit.
To evaluate the ability and feasibility of an iPhone-based mobile endoscopic viewing system.
Purpose of the Review
To assess whether there are clinical scenarios where the app BeatDroid could be useful.
A myriad of “medical” apps that aren’t really medically or clinically relevant often pollute the various app stores.
This is a problem regardless of whether we are discussing iTunes or the Google Play Store. Users more often stumble upon those apps with greater ease than sound and solid apps.
There are also a lot of “in-between” apps that aren’t totally irrelevant but the real life applicability of them is somewhat lacking.
One such app is BeatDroid, an app developed by Quartertone, that simply lets you tap the screen to get a beats per minute rate. The company says that it can be useful for both musicians and medical professionals. Today we will put that to the test.
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app in explaining stroke-related information to patients?
Stroke: Patient is a medical app developed by nEuroRecovery Ltd.
It was created as an easy to read, useful resource to help stroke patients and their family members learn information about their disease.
The information within the app is great for teaching ways to prevent strokes and detecting strokes while they are happening to reduce the time it takes for a patient to get to the hospital.
Well, the US Government shutdown is upon us, and has caused quite a stir in the news.
Aside from the political mess currently ongoing, the shutdown has closed down some popular tourist destinations and furloughed multiple Federal workers. However, does the shutdown impact the medical field or ongoing research?
Tentatively, at this current time it appears so, with a longer shutdown more likely to cause visible consternation in the medical field.
Purpose of App Review
- to review the utility of Common Symptom Guide app for a physician
- to evaluate the medical evidence this app uses
Lange’s Common Symptom Guide is a known and trusted reference guide for evaluating and treating patients based on presenting symptoms. The Guide includes lists of pertinent questions, physical findings, and differential diagnosis for more than 100 of the most common adult and pediatric symptoms so help speed diagnosis and treatment.
This app takes the contents of said guide and allows them to be accessed through our smartphone. So we’ll venture together and see how the porting went. (read more)
Purpose of the Review
In this review we will assess the worth of Cito! Lab Values for physicians and students as a reference tool.
For today’s physicians, the task of remembering the range values for every lab and test out there is quite a tricky one.
Having reference laboratory values with you at all times proves valuable to any health care provider.
Cito! Lab Values is an app developed by a Russian company named Grab App who seems to be fairly new to the Android scene.
A few weeks ago, one of the Editors at iMedicalApps, Tim Aungst, highlighted some of the issues regarding plagiarism in medical reference apps.
He highlighted a recent case in the BMJ where three doctors were accused of plagiarizing the Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal. The app was called Critical APPraisal, and was released in July 2011.
By: Mohamed Elawad
The Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations is connecting US Doctors with their Syrian counterparts in order to assist them with the ever-increasing medical needs created by the war in their country which has left over 100,000 dead. This process has been made possible via secret Skype sessions. Voice of America (VOA) was recently given access to one such session in which a 19-year-old with periphery nerve damage as a result of a shot to the leg was receiving surgery.
Dr Abdalmajid Katranji, a hand surgeon based in Michigan who had volunteered, was on hand to consult. (read more)
Take home point
A systematic review of the use of apps and text messaging aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease risk found that these technologies have a positive effect on health promoting behaviors.
More than half of the studies reported significant results in at least one outcome of weight loss, physical activity, dietary intake, decreased BMI, decreased waist circumference, sugar-sweetened beverage intake, screen time, and satisfaction/acceptability outcomes.
While there has been past research on the use of tools like website and email to show they can have an impact on health, there has been little evidence demonstrating the impact of apps or text messaging. As a result, researchers conducted a systematic review of studies on mobile phone technology to determine user satisfaction and effectiveness of smartphone applications and text messaging interventions at promoting weight reduction and physical activity.