Here at iMedicalApps, a recent hot topic has been the increasingly relevant phenomenon of the “gamification of healthcare” .

In fact, we recently reviewed the Septris App from Stanford University, which utilizes interactive case scenarios to help train healthcare providers in the management of sepsis.

To build upon this theme of interactive games on mobile devices to help teach healthcare providers, today we review the Ward Round App for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

The Ward Round App, developed by Guerilla Tea LLP, is an interactive, case-based, timed medical learning experience targeted towards medical students and physician trainees. Guerilla Tea, founded by four graduates of the University of Abertay in the United Kingdom, has developed several apps and games for mobile platforms, with the Ward Round App representing their first endeavor into healthcare-related programming.

The question bank used in the Ward Round App was authored by Adrian Raudaschl, MBChB, of Glasgow University, and per the developer website, the app’s case scenarios were “verified by senior consultants in the relevant fields.”

Learn more about the Ward Round App below.

The home screen of the Ward Round App offers links to specialties, practice, and the “Big Medical Quiz.”

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The “XP” (or Experience) button in the top-right corner of the home screen tracks user progress by displaying the mastery level of the user, which, naturally, is advanced by performing well on the case scenarios.

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The options button in the bottom-right corner of the home screen offers credits, program help, and the option to reset player statistics.

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Clicking on specialties from the home screen introduces us to “The Professor,” who guides users through the “game.” The specialties tested in the Ward Round App include the following:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology
  • Renal/Genitourinary
  • Respiratory