Medical Apps


Compiled by Jay Franco
Smartphones and the applications built for these devices – both Android and Apple – are making inroads to all spheres of living, not least the healthcare sector. Middle East Heath introduces this new column of healthcare-related mobile applications reviews. The Apple App Store has in excess of 500,000 Apps. With so many Apps available, this column is intended to show you a sample of what is available for the medical professional, specifically. Let us know which Apps you are using and find useful. Write to the editor: All the Apps reviewed are available in either the Apple’s App Store or in an Android Store – there is one on


MedCalc is a medical calculator that gives you access to complicated medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications, thus bringing medical equations to physicians in an easy to use and powerful format.

In addition to providing more than 200 formulas, scores, scales and classification, MedCalc stands out with a user interface that shows a great level of polish and allows speedy data entry and information look-up. It contains detailed information and bibliographic references for each formula, and is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German and French. The user can search for equations by name or keywords and can customise the list of favourite equations.

Medcalc Pro is also available with premium features such as native iPad support, a patient database to store results and many ways to export results (email, airprint, copy to clipboard).

Syngo.via Mobile

Siemens Healthcare launched its Syngo.via Mobile Applications so that physicians and referrers within and outside the hospital can securely access images and reports for viewing in a standard Web browser or on an Apple mobile device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). Patient involvement becomes effortless and access to images and reports is faster and easier than ever before with syngo.via. In short, this allows better collaboration within and beyond the hospital.

Siemens offers two syngo.via Mobile Applications: syngo.via WebReport and syngo.via WebViewer.

syngo.via WebReport provides secure access to reports and images, anywhere. Physicians and referring physicians inside and outside the hospital can access them immediately. The WebReport client can be launched with a web browser or on a selection of mobile devices for non diagnostic purpose. Connection is possible from anywhere through secure Internet connection.

syngo.via WebViewer allows physicians to read and to look at images with a web browser. The WebViewer client can also be launched on selected mobile devices. Connection is possible from anywhere within the reach of the hospital network through secure VPN connection.

X is for X-Ray

Not entirely an App for medical professionals, but it may be good for your kids -- X is for X-Ray was launched by Touch Press at RSNA 2011 for iPhone and iPad. It uses the power of radiology to see beneath the surface of our familiar world, offering a magical insight into the nature of reality. This new interactive book app provides a unique insight into 26 everyday objects. Swipe your finger left and right and the objects rotate. Swipe up and down and their amazing 3D interiors are revealed through the X-ray photography of Hugh Turvey, Artist-in-Residence at the British Institute of Radiology. The title features rhymes and text from award-winning children’s author Paul Rosenthal.

This app will delight young children, giving them a unique insight into the inner secrets of familiar everyday objects. It will also appeal to anyone with curiosity about the world, how things work and the power of Xray technology to reveal the nature of reality.

Epocrates Rx

This is a free mobile drug reference app which allows quick access to thousands of drug monographs, formularies, drug-drug interactions, a pill identifier, and more. It also helps easily locate your frequently accessed drugs, tools and calculators when you select “add to favourites” or view your history from the home screen.

This truly is a must have app if you’re an intern, especially if you’re rotating on different services throughout the year and you don’t have a solid EMR to help with dictating.

Calculate by QxMD

Calculate by QxMD is freely available and features pointof- care tools in the areas of cardiology, internal medicine, nephrology, general practice, hematology, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, oncology, orthopaedics, respirology, neurology, neurosurgery, general surgery and obstetrics. It also converts recent research publications into practical handheld tools – knowledge translation at its best, and has more than 150 unique calculators and design support tools.


New technology can detect cancer in 60 minutes by using Micro-NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy). It is then plugged into a smartphone (iPhone) to have the data analysed instantly. Scientists from the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital have been working on a device that requires only a small sample of potentially cancerous cells, which are analysed with results displayed on a smartphone in 60 minutes. The patient is given the results and diagnosis on the spot.

Using a probe, a tissue sample is taken from the patient and placed in the Micro- NMR device, the size of a coffee mug, which contains antibodies against cancer markers which are bound to magnetic particles. If these antibodies detect their cancer markers, this can be identified. In a small trial with 50 patients with abdominal cancer, malignant cancer was detected in 44 patients – a high accuracy rate in diagnosing cancer.

Taber's Medical Dictionary

Taber’s Medical Dictionary is the most comprehensive health and science dictionary available with over 60,000 terms and 1,000 colourful illustrations, 30,000 integrated audio pronunciations and in-depth appendices.


 Date of upload: 21st Jan 2012

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