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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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NIH Database More Accessible to iPhone Users

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This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of phlebotomist schools at her blog Health Zone Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address.

The number of applications being developed for iPhone owners belonging to the medical community is increasing by the day. I guess it’s because more and more physicians are changing loyalties from their PDAs and Blackberries over to the iPhone, more so after the release of the SDK to third party developers. The latest in this line of apps is Clinical Trials which allows users to access the database of the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health which holds the results of and information pertaining to more than 71,500 clinical trials.

The application has been developed by StopWatch Media, a company that develops mobile applications, and promises to improve the way physicians practice medicine. For one, it cuts down search time because doctors and other healthcare practitioners do not have to log onto a notebook computer in order to search the vast database. For another, it contributes to patient care from anywhere in the world that has access to a WiFi internet connection.

The application allows users to search using specific criteria, and instead of returning a large list of results, trims it down to only the most relevant ones based on the search terms and filters used. Results can be filtered according to phase I or phase II trials, observational or interventional trials, trials funded by industry or the National Institutes of Health, and other such criteria. The results can be saved or emailed to others, thus facilitating the sharing and collaboration of information.
In an industry where every second makes a huge difference, applications like this make a doctor’s job easier to perform and allow a patient access to faster and more effective treatment.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials is available in iTunes app store for $24.99.

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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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Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon M.D.

This is a game for the iPhone for which I wanted to do a video review, but I see that others have already done it, so I will just embed their video.

Here is a description of this game:
Prepare to go micro! You are Dr. Awesome, the world’s most popular microsurgeon. A deadly strain of virus is attacking the population and you are tasked to defeat it before time runs out!

You must perform microsurgery to isolate and eradicate the mutagens that have infected your friends, personalized from your contact list. Cut and trap the offending viruses with your accelerometer-guided micro scalpel, avoid disruptive virus counter attacks and collect various power-ups to succeed. You’ll need a need steady hand to be the best!

So, the game doesn’t make any sense from a medical perspective. You are a surgeon cutting cells with some kind of micro laser ??!!##?? to kill the viruses. Although, Rocket Scientist’s Laser Scalpel Targets Individual Cells article from Wired got me thinking. One cool feature of this game is that it incorporates with your contact list on the phone, so your friends become your patients. Scary.

Take a look at the video review:


Dr. Awesome iPhone Review from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

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CME application for iPhone

Company called ReachMD has released their Continuing Medical Education (CME) application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. This app is just great for all you busy healthcare practitioners who want to learn something new and earn free CME credits. After you install it on your iPhone you have to register, choose the program you are interested in, listen to it, and take the test. Very simple and convenient.

Take a look at some screen shots.

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Download ReachMD app for free.

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