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Mobile Monday Amsterdam Livestream

I have an update on Mobile Monday event which will take place in Amsterdam, 15 hours from now. The whole event will be streamed live for you enjoyment. It starts at 4 pm and ends at 7 pm (CET). My presentation should begin at 5:55 pm. Be sure to tune in, and even post questions to presenters via Twitter.

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Informed Pocket Guides for the iPhone

Informed Pocket Guide
I discovered Informed Pocket Guides almost two years ago and have been a huge fan ever since. The first product I got was the Emergency & Critical Care Pocket Guide. I believe the fact that I take extra care this little/big guide is always in my bag when I go to work, says it all. It is small, light and compact, yet it has all the necessary reference information you might need in medical emergencies. It is especially useful if you work in the field.
Informed Pocket Guide pages
Emergency & Critical Care Pocket Guide has almost 200 pages and covers the following topics:

  • Current ACLS Algorithms, Lab Values, Metrics, Notes
  • Emergency, ACLS Drugs & Top Prescription Drugs
  • IV Drips, Drug Infusions, Dosages
  • Poisons & Overdose / ‘Rave’ Drug
  • 12-Lead ECG Section & Acute MI
  • Medical Emergencies Section
  • Quick EMS Spanish Translations
  • Fibrinolytics for AMI & Stroke / CVA
  • Childbirth, Diabetic, Respiratory Distress
  • Pediatric Resuscitation, Drug Doses, Vitals
  • Trauma, Triage, MCI, Glasgow Coma Scales
  • Airway Management /RSI
  • Burn Charts, the ‘Rule of 9s’
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Infectious Diseases

Well, ever since the first iPhone medical apps started appearing, I thought to myself… hmmm I would love to have my medical pocket guides on this great device. Obviously, it was just a matter of time when Informed would port them to this mobile platform, and yes they are here! The complete series of Informed Medical Pocket Guides are now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Titles like the RN Pocket Guide™, EMS Field Guide® BLS & ALS edition, NIMS: Incident Command System Field Guide™, and of course the Emergency & Critical Care Pocket Guide™ are available for $9,99 USD via the iTunes store. In fact the Emergency & Critical Care Pocket Guide app has just recently been updated with many improvements, so now is the best time to present it to you.

Informed Pocket Guide and app
If we take a look at the content, the app is the same as the pocket guide. The basic difference is that on one side you have a physical pocket guide, and on the other an application for your iPhone. Now, bringing the guide to the iPhone has some advantages and some disadvantages. First of all, you no longer have to worry about forgetting the pocket guide. You have all the same information available on your mobile phone, which you carry everyday and everywhere you go. This all makes perfect sense, since the iPhone is by itself a great mobile phone for doctors and other medical workers. So having another great medical app running on it just makes it even more powerful. Furthermore, you can do things with the app which are impossible or difficult to do with the pocket guide. One such thing, and maybe the most important one, is finding information quickly. The pocket guide is not an encyclopedia, but still it has a lot of dense information on small pages, so finding exactly what you need can prove to be difficult. Sometimes I just know that I have seen a piece of information or a chart in the guide, but cannot find it unless I flip thru numerous pages. The app is the champion in this area. It is very easy to find information you need thanks to the great built in search function, but also other navigation features like the possibility to flick thru pages, go to a specific page, browse the table of contents and see thumbnails of pages. Other interesting features include bookmarks and notes which again are there to make the data you need and often use more accessible. On the down side, the iPhone screen is a little bit smaller that the pages of the pocket guide. Maybe this could be a problem for some, even though the resolution is high so you can simply zoom in and see all the details. Also, you might not like the idea of bringing your iPhone with you in the field out of the fear it might get damaged or other reasons. I also found that sometimes its touch screen does not work flawlessly if I wear protective gloves.

Here are some of the photos of the Emergency & Critical Care app and the pocket guide:

Both the pocket guide and the app have things going for them, so you will have to choose which one better suites your work flow and style. I like them both so much and cannot decide. It seams that the pocket guide will remain in my bag and the app on my iPhone. I am really looking forward to new updates of the app, and hope that in the future it will incorporate more interactive content, so it could maybe replace some of the other apps I have installed on my iPhone, like various medical calculators.

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AirStrip CRITICAL CARE

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is taking place in San Francisco right now. On the first day Apple introduced the new iPhone 3G S. They also continued their tradition of presenting some interesting upcoming applications.

AirStrip Technologies has presented its new medical app called Critical Care. I really don’t have any comments at this moment other than WATCH THE VIDEO IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!

AirStrip CRITICAL CARE features include:

  • Virtual Views – Remote, virtual real-time monitoring of live cardiac rhythm strips and other waveform data such as pulse oximetry, end tidal CO2 and peak ventilator pressures.
  • Strip Zooming – The zoom feature maintains relative size of waveforms and the background grid allows for easy assessment and measurements.
  • Automated Caliper – The automated caliper measures designated intervals, both automatically and manually.
  • Strip Scrolling – The scroll function allows users to quickly scroll through stored waveform data, such as telemetry strips.
  • Patient Data Display – Tidal volume, airway pressure, flow and volume readings are also available in virtual real-time, directly from patient monitors.

AirStrip already has one interesting application available in iTunes store called AirStrip OB. This application, intended for obstetricians, delivers vital patient waveform data — including fetal heartbeat and maternal contraction patterns — in virtual real-time directly from the hospital labor and delivery unit to a doctor’s iPhone.

If you are interested you can watch the whole Apple WWDC 2009 Keynote Address.

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Swine flu outbreak in iTunes store

There seam to be more swine flu apps in iTunes store than confirmed swine flu cases throughout the World :). As of today, there are 25 iPhone applications related to swine influenza available in iTunes store.

Swine Flu iTunes

Eleven of these apps are free, while the other 14 cost somewhere between $0.99 and $1.99. Most of these apps are either trackers, meaning that they show you maps of swine flu cases, or RSS aggregators, bringing you the latest swine influenza news. I tried all of the free apps, and can tell you that none of them really impressed me. Some are better designed than others, some offer more functions, but none are great. For example, Swine Flu Tracker Map looks great, but its map loads so painfully slow that you want to shoot yourself. On the other hand, The Swine Flu Tracker (notice how creative the names of these apps are) doesn’t offer any additional features, but has the fastest loading map. As for news aggregators, my favorite would have to be H1N1 (Swine Flu) Update.

Please excuse me now, I am very busy developing my own swine flu app, which I am going to call TA DA !!! Swine Flu, I’m Tracking U.

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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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