On Wednesday we had a very thought-provoking conversation about using apps for clinical decision support.

We shared some of our favorite apps for this purpose (Epocrates, Qx Calculate, and Med Calc were among some of those mentioned).

We also talked about the dangers of such apps, including questionable credibility, conflicts of interest, and eventual over-reliance on apps.

Finally, we pondered whether apps and other technologies could someday replace doctors.

Thanks to everyone who participated – we at iMedicalApps thoroughly enjoyed the hour, and we hope you did too!

The topics discussed were:

  • T1: Clinical decision support apps can include clinical prediction tools, algorithms, and even medical calculators. What tools have you used in treating patients? How have they benefited your practice?
  • T2: What are the dangers of using clinical decision tools ?
  • T3: Do you think apps, technology, and artificial intelligence could eventually replace doctors?

The archive can be found here.

Also, don’t forget to join us next Wednesday, August 8, at 9pm ET for a special #mHealth chat featuring Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare.

Dr. Topol is a prominent cardiologist and geneticist.  He attended medical school at the University of Rochester and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Currently, he is the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, the Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Health, and a Professor of Translational Genomics at the Scripps Research Institute.  He is also a co-founder of the West Wireless Health Institute. He recently authored a bookThe Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare.  Modern Healthcare has named him #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in Healthcare, 2012.