HealthKit and the Health app: A game changer for doctors? Several months ago I wrote about how Apple’s upcoming health app had the potential to change public health and could force physicians to adopt mobile. Recently at WWDC Apple affirmed the rumors when announcing iOS 8, stating the new operating system would have a Health app, and a cloud platform HealthKit. HealthKit is the developer platform and will be able to collect/aggregate  information ...

Read more...

At iMedicalApps we have traditionally expounded on how smart phones can help us with patient care in regards to providing Physician centric tools at bedside.  These range from drug reference tools to various clinical algorithm medical apps. But there are also non-traditional methods where smartphones enable us to improve patient care at the bedside.  These are subtle, but can be equally or more powerful. When I was working in the ICU recently, there were ...

Read more...

Medical conversations are happening on Twitter, not Facebook When Twitter initially launched I was largely skeptical on how it could be utilized in medicine.  Initially I thought Facebook was a better option due to the ability to use more than 140 characters. Over time though, it has become clear the medical conversations are happening on Twitter, not Facebook. An example of this is when we highlighted the #FOAMed movement — Free Open ...

Read more...

A few weeks ago I was following an online discussion conducted by a widely followed health site. During the discussion, they had a physician who was giving out wellness advice to users via Twitter. That physician had one tweet in particular that terrified me. Why you shouldnt give medical advice on Twitter Why you shouldnt give medical advice on Twitter As the above screenshot shows, one tweet mentioned that when in doubt regarding ...

Read more...

Why the iPad Mini is the tablet physicians have been waiting for I was skeptical about the iPad Mini.  I’ve used my Retina display iPad (3rd generation) for the past six months and been satisfied with the experience. I’ve used it in the hospital setting during rounds, and even while talking to patients in the ER.  I’m able to easily pull up Epic’s EMR using the Citrix app, and I can easily store the iPad ...

Read more...

When Apple launched the App Store, Epocrates had a front seat at the table, and collaborated with Apple to make sure its software would be one of the first available for iPhone users. As medical professionals, this didn’t come as a surprise.  We expected Epocrates to be “the first”. It had been the undisputed king of medical and mobile before the word “apps” became everyday vernacular. Epocrates was dominating the medical ...

Read more...

Doctors love their Apple Products. Just walk into any hospital ward, and see the types of mobile devices we are using. At weekly Grand Rounds conferences, you see plenty of iPads in use. At physician meetings, the laptop of choice is often the Macbook Pro. The data backs these anecdotal examples as well. Doctors love their Apple Products – and Steve Jobs was obviously an extension of these ...

Read more...

There are well over 3,000 apps in the “medical” section of the App Store for the iPhone. Unfortunately, a growing number of them aren’t medical apps. It’s already difficult enough to parse through the litany of apps available to find quality apps – and then when you add apps that shouldn’t even be in the medical category, it makes the job that much harder. Lets start with the“top 10 downloaded free ...

Read more...

Lately, I’ve often been asked the question, “What type of smartphone should I get?” by my medical peers.  I’ve been asked this by physicians, residents, medical students, and others. Many of my friends are entering residency and plan on upgrading to a smart phone, while others already entrenched in residency have phone contracts finishing up. The answer to this question is not easy. Rather, as Facebook nomenclature would demand, “it’s complicated”. ...

Read more...

When I recently walked into my local Apple store to buy an iPad accessory, I saw a group of about 20 people huddled around a large LCD screen while an Apple employee was giving a workshop. When I saw the LCD screen full of medical applications, I was shocked.  This wasn’t your run of the mill “how to use your iPhone” workshop. The people gathered for the workshop consisted of healthcare professionals ...

Read more...

2 Pages