Dear Readers,

As the year is coming to an end, we would like to thank you and also let you know of upcoming changes you can expect over the next month on iMedicalApps.

Over the past year, iMedicalApps has grown tremendously — thanks to you and to the contributions by our editorial board and staff writers. When iMedicalApps started, it was a small outfit that exclusively reviewed iPhone medical apps, and it was just me.

Over the past year, we have added two senior editors who share in the direction of the content — Felasfa Wodajo and Satish Misra. Both are tremendous assets to the website, Felasfa being a practicing orthopedic soft tissue tumor surgeon and Satish a first year medicine resident at Johns Hopkins. They have been integral in the success of this mobile publication, and without them iMedicalApps would not be what it is today.

We have been interviewed by the American Medical Association‘s American Medical News multiple times, recently been linked by Cochrane as an evidence based trusted Web 2.0 website, been in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and written an article that was featured in the Journal of Surgical Oncology. We have been interviewed by the famous Silicon Valley Mercury News and a slew of other news publications as well.

We have now branched out to the Android platform, iPad, have reviewed multiple electronic medical records for mobile platforms, and will start reviewing other types of medical technology in the upcoming year (Palm WebOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, etc) — we also have a “secret project” we’re working on related to the medical app world that we anticipate will blow the medical and healthcare community at large away.

We register well over 300,000 views a month, and this number is only increasing significantly every month. Due to this huge increase in popularity, and multiple requests we get on a daily basis related to organization of content on our site, we have been working on a site upgrade for the past two months — and we anticipate a relaunch in approximately 4 to 6 week — possibly less.

Our new website (same URL) will be a complete overhaul. We will have a complete redesign, have completely different organization of content (by specialty apps, level of education, etc), making it easier to go through our hundreds of app reviews. We also will have significant social media features integrated into the site allowing our users to give input as well. One of the key aspects of the new site will be tailored to our developer community as well — making it easier for them to submit apps for review. We are streamlining our review process as well, making sure apps get reviewed quicker.

One of the most exciting features will be the addition of several physicians and medical student writers to the site in the upcoming year as well.  This addition will allow for more original research on our part and more in depth and rich analysis.  We still have a few spots currently available, and if you’re interested in being a staff writer feel free to contact us and we’ll consider your application.

We look forward to continue being the source of unbiased medical news and reviews in the app ecosystem for medical professionals — exclusively written by medical professionals.  You won’t find any ghost writing, sponsored posts, app developer funding, or any other compromising positions from us — we’ve had plenty of opportunities, and we continue to say no.

We hope this stance reinforces our central goal of providing legitimate content for our readers, and we feel our increasing traffic and readership reflects this.

And yes — if you’re wondering about the attached picture — that is most certainly an edible cake marking the first birthday of iMedicalApps made by my very talented sister.

A belated Happy Holidays –

Iltifat Husain, Editor in Chief