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Clinical Trials app: video review and giveaway

Recently Kat Sanders presented Clinical Trials app for iPhone in a guest post on my blog. Now I am bringing you a video review of this great app.

But that’s not all! Geoffrey Young of StopWatch Media, makers of Clinical Trials app, was kind enough to offer us 4 promo codes which you can use to download and install this app for free on your iPhone. We will be giving away these codes to 4 fastest readers. Let me just remind you that this app is worth $25.

UPDATE!!! Giveaway is over. Congratulations Richard, Matija, Martin and Peter!

Here is what you have to do:

  • Watch the video review
  • Write down in which minute of the video I talk about “Top Studies via Clinical Trials.app”
  • Send me an e-mail with your full name and correct answer
  • If you are fast enough, you will receive one promo code and instructions how to download Clinical Trials app for free!

Good Luck!

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Doylestown Hospital uses iPhones

Apple has published a profile of the Doylestown Hospital which relies on a mobile workforce of 360 independent physicians using iPhones.

Dr. Scott Levy, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Doylestown Hospital said that with iPhone use, they’ve seen clear, noticeable improvements in patient care.

Here is what physicians can do with their iPhones in this hospital:

  • use push email to receive the hospital’s time-sensitive email alerts, as well as have access to calendars and contacts
  • have cellular service anywhere in the hospital, including ICU, so they can be on call and available around the clock
  • secure mobile access to the hospital’s electronic medical records system
  • can see everything needed for patient care, including vital signs, medications, lab results, allergies, nurses’ notes, therapy results, and even information about patient diet
  • use medical reference applications such as Epocrates Essentials to help explain diseases, interpret lab results, and provide drug information right at the patient’s bedside

Take a look at the following video to learn more.

Don’t despare if you are not working in a similar hospital. There are still a lot of useful things you can do with your iPhone. Read my “Why is iPhone perfect for doctors” article to get you started.

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iPhone OS 3.0 & Medical Devices

Yesterday Apple presented the blueprint for iPhone OS 3.0, the next version of their advanced mobile platform. They showed some really cool new features for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but particularly interesting to me was their enthusiasm about medicine and medical devices.

The new iPhone operating system, which will be available later this year, will among other things enable manufacturers of iPhone accessories better integration with the phone itself. They will, for example, be able to control their devices through the graphical user interface on the iPhone. Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iPhone Software at Apple, in his presentation dares us to imagine a blood pressure measuring device which communicates and stores data on the iPhone. Later on he is joined on the stage by Anita Mathew from Lifescan, the Johnson&Johnson company which has unveiled an iPhone application that lets users upload glucose readings from their connected blood glucose monitors to their iPhone. Learn more by watching the following video segments from the presentation.

This is on a path of something I hypothesized several months ago here, when I was contemplating an idea to have a pulse oximeter on the iPhone. I also talked more about such possibilities with Dr. R.A. Brest van Kempen, CEO of RS TechMedic.

If you are interested in this topic you can always watch the latest Apple event it is entirety.

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Interpret acid-base results on your iPhone

During my medical school years and now when I myself practice medicine, I have noticed that a lot of people have trouble interpreting the arterial blood gases (ABG) test. This test normally provides partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2), partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO2), pH and bicarbonate (HCO3) values. It is important and quite easy to notice if some of these figures are not normal, but interpretation is crucial and sometimes difficult. For these reasons I am sure a lot of practicing medical workers will be pleased to hear that there is now a great application for the iPhone which can be of big help during the interpretation of the ABG test.

The mentioned app is called Acid Plus and is available through the iTunes Store for only $1.99. Acid Plus is extremely easy to use. You open it, enter the ABG test values and the app interprets it for you. Take a look at some of the screen shots.

If you turn the iPhone to landscape view, you will see a colorful graph with an arrow pointing to the disorder.

Acid Plus will also provide you with common causes of the primary acid-base disorders.

Acid Plus rapidly found its way into my top most useful medical apps for the iPhone. If you are practicing medicine and own an iPhone, you need to have it.

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Four new iPhone medical apps

In two days, four new medical apps have appeared in the iTunes App store. You might want to check them out if you own an iPhone or iPod Touch.

1. The Human Body 2
Price: $2.99

This app will help you understand the basics of different systems:
1. The nervous system
2. Muscle System and parts
3. Some internal organs of the body
4. Skeletal System
5. And basics parts of the brain
Authors promise they will update the app every few months, but so far it doesn’t show much promise. For something much better in the same domain look at the Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards.

2. Medcalc
Price: free

MedCalc is a free medical calculator, that gives you easy access to complicated medical formulas and scores. It has been available on mobile platforms for almost a decade, so it leverages years of experience in bringing medical equations to physicians in an easy to use, yet very powerful format.

3. Sedation
Price: $4.99

This app provides quick access to procedural sedation and analgesia information. Imaging if you just meet someone and they were browsing through you iPhone to see what apps you have, and they saw one called Sedation. Ups, this guys is up to no good, I am not going on any more blind dates, ever!

Sedation includes medications, reversal agents, major tranquilizers, preparation, pretreatment, and calculated drug doses for the patient’s actual weight. It also supports kg and lbs. Drug details include doses, pregnancy category, preparation, onset, duration, indications, contraindications, major side-effects, method of use, approximate pharmacy cost, and more.

4. ATP3 Lipids
Price: $4.99

This app features:

  • Patients’ specific cholesterol classifications and goals
  • Specific therapeutic recommendations from the ATP III based on cholesterol levels and risk factors
  • Details of cholesterol management drugs (dosing, percentage change, side effects, and contraindications)
  • Complete Framingham Cardiac Risk calculator, shown automatically when needed
  • Fast input via the MediMath interface
  • Complete ATP III Quick Desk Reference and full report available within ATP3 Lipids
  • Maintains information across program uses
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Google updated their iPhone app to include voice recognition. You simply tap a button, speak up keywords you want to use to search the web, the software recognizes what you said and gives you back your search results.

When I tried pronouncing my name, Ivor Kovic, Google app recognized it as “im bored colgate”. This made me laugh hysterically and realize two thing, I need to improve my accent and Google needs to improve its software. On the other hand, the app works flawlessly most of the times and it offers the best voice recognition that I encountered so far on the iPhone.

Take a look at the video demonstration from Google.

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