We review a lot of apps at iMedicalApps, here are our best medical apps of 2020 so far! Stay safe, sane, and happy downloading.  

Unbound Medicine’s Relief Central: Now Updated with Coronavirus Guidelines

 As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the U.S., I went looking for a dedicated coronavirus app. The excellent Relief Central app from Unbound Medicine has been updated to include a new section called “Coronavirus Guidelines”. The new section on coronavirus is perfectly timed and brings expert and evidence-based content from the CDC and WHO and the Johns Hopkins’ team of experts together in one app. The complete Relief Central app is free and includes a number of resources for aid/relief workers. The new coronavirus section includes details on WHO and CDC case definitions, Case Definitions, Clinical Syndromes, Infection Control, Lab Diagnosis, Treatment recommendations, and links to references/resources.

COVID-19 Screening Tool App: Apple and US Government Agencies Present Simple Screening Algorithm

In March, Apple publicly stated they would only publish apps from public health and other reputable authorities. The tech giant took matters into their own hands and just released their COVID-19 Screening Tool app and website in conjunction with the CDC, FEMA, and the White House. The purpose of the app is to provide the public trusted information from reliable sources about COVID-19, who does/doesn’t need testing, and the basics of social distancing, hand-washing, etc. The app takes the CDC guidance on screening for COVID-19 and turns it into a simple questionnaire that guides patients to a “decision” and plan of care regarding testing, self-isolation, quarantine, when to seek medical care, etc. 

ACGME AWARE App: Help Your Medical Education Trainees and Junior Faculty Build Resilience and Improve Provider Well-being 

Burnout. It appears to be an epidemic in both physicians practicing medicine as well as those in training at the undergraduate (UME) and graduate levels (GME). Research studies demonstrate burnout rates in medical students of up to 50%, resident rates vary from 27-75%, and rates in practicing family physicians has been cited as high as 63%. This past year, the ACGME launched its AWARE campaign to better aid programs and their trainees to improve well-being. The AWARE initiative includes a comprehensive wellness curriculum for programs and institutions to implement for trainees, an AWARE app for individual trainee/faculty use, and a series of educational podcasts on wellness topics and mitigation techniques. The app includes an educational video series then educational sections on each of the above sections including details on how to perform these evidence-based techniques and links to additional resources and references. 

Pneumonia Guide: Updated for 2020 with Latest ATS/IDSA Guidelines 

 Pneumonia remains one of the most common causes of death from infectious diseases both in the United States and worldwide. For years, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) have issued joint guidelines for the treatment of pneumonia. Additionally, the IDSA has published treatment guidelines for pediatric pneumonia. In 2019, the updated joint guideline on pneumonia was finally released updating the previous 2017 version.  Thankfully, Dr. Joshua Steinberg has just updated his fabulous pneumonia app and it now includes the 2019 ATS/IDSA updates as well and some other under the hood improvements. 

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