We at iMedicalApps are excited to introduce an added focus on trending changes within the various medical specialties. Beginning with Pediatrics, we will search out the best new applications, trends in the field, as well as standby greats. For each specialty we will post a series of articles based on what we find. Please join our discussion with your thoughts and suggestions by posting in the forums.

On July 10th, we started with a general search for the word ‘Pediatric’ and limited the 312 applications to those that have been updated within the last year and a half. We then split them into categories and sifted through each category for the trends as well as the best applications to assist you in picking what are the ‘must haves’ and as well as provide an overview of what the future of medical applications might entail.

The best quick reference medical applications we found take the day to day routine of Pediatricians to heart and try to make their lives easier. Some specific assistance they offer includes well child check guidance, bilirubin calculations, weight monitoring, and drug dosing guidance. These tasks can hinder any well versed Pediatrician and these well designed apps are the perfect crutch. After finishing this article, please keep an eye out for our other upcoming articles in Pediatrics. As we review these Pediatric apps we would love to hear about your favorites as well as your vision of the future of Pediatric medical apps.

Please feel free to post comments in the forum about these articles as well as other apps you love, use, and want us to review. Two “must have” quick reference pediatric applications we previously covered in 2012, I use and love them daily. Kidometer, reviewed here, has kept its simple format and well-child visit centered information. The introduction screen shows the available chapters. pic 1 Once you choose a chapter, the age navigation tool appears at the bottom of the screen. Once you pick an age (either via birth date or by month and year) all the chapter information is changed to relate to that age group. pic 2 In the example I picked of a one and half year old boy, you can see: Basic Vitals, Vaccines, Labs, etc by toggling between the home screen and the various chapter screens. pic 3   pic 4 The app is the perfect tool for any outpatient physician or practitioner who does well child checks or for any provider who sees children and would like to access this basic data. If you see children but do not do well child checks, there are great applications which we will review in the future. One example is Pediatric Black Book which focuses on Emergency Medicine related Pediatric Vitals and protocols.

  • Link: Kidometer
  • Conclusion: A great app to use during Well Child checks. I use this for immunization schedules, basic vitals, hemoglobin and other lab values, as well as developmental milestones.
  • Price: $4.99 via the iPhone app store
  • Evidence based: Yes, books and journals noted at bottom of each chapter
  • Rating: 4.5 Stars ( User Interface: 4, Multimedia: 4, Price: 5, Real World Applicability: 5)