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
HeartWise & BloodWise
SwEng has launched two
easy-to-use medical Apps for
the iPhone and iPad –
HeartWise Blood Pressure Monitor and
BloodWise Glucose/Blood Sugar Tracker.
Heartwise records and keeps track of blood
pressure and resting heart rate. Built in
visualisation shows trends over time, and
detailed analysis and statistics of how your
blood pressure fluctuates on a daily basis.
BloodWise records and tracks
glucose/blood sugar concentrations on a
daily basis. With the help of charts one can
see measurements, long term trends, and
averages. A statistics page summarises
and plots average daily glucose levels,
showing a personalised chart of level fluctuate
over the course of a day. Export
features facilitate emailing the records to
oneself or one’s physician. www.swengcorp.com
Designed for the iPad, iPod
and iPhone by experienced
yoga instructors, this app helps
you keep up with your yoga practice at your
own pace in the comfort of your home.
Simply place the device in front of your mat,
start a practice and the Pocket Yoga app will
guide you through the entire session with
voice and visual instructions including
inhalation and exhalation.
One can choose between 3 different practices
– 3 different difficulty levels and 3
different durations, with a total of 27
The app also provides the user with a
dictionary of poses containing descriptions
and benefits of each pose.
Outbreaks Near Me, an iPhone app, created by
researchers at Boston
Children's Hospital in collaboration with the
MIT Media Lab, enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious
as H1N1 (swine flu), on the ground in real
The app built on the back of HealthMap, an online resource that collects,
filters, maps and disseminates information
about emerging infectious diseases, and
provides a new, contextualised view of a
user’s specific location – pinpointing
outbreaks that have been reported in the
vicinity of the user and offering the opportunity
to search for additional outbreak information
by location or disease.
Additional functionality of Outbreaks
Near Me is the ability to set alerts that will
notify a user on their device or by email
when new outbreaks are reported in their
proximity, or if a user enters a new area of
The app also features an option for users
to submit an outbreak report. This will
enable individuals in cities and countries
around the world to interact with the HealthMap team and participate in the
public health surveillance process. Users
may take photos – of situations and
scenarios of, and/or leading to, disease –
with their iPhone and submit them to the
HealthMap system for review and eventual
posting as an alert on the worldwide map.
Skyscape Medical Resources
This is a freely available clinical
decision-making tool to help
physicians, nurses and students
find the right answers at point
of care or anywhere.
Comprehensive information on
various drug brands and
generics with images and over
400 integrated dosing calculators
It also includes a medical calculator,
Archimedes, with more than 200 interactive
tools organised by specialty.
The user can also have access to evidence-based
clinical information on hundreds of
diseases and symptoms-related topics which
are presented in a convenient outline format.
Once you’ve downloaded the free app, you
can use it to purchase premium resources,
created in partnership with 50 trusted
medical publishers, such as Davis Drug Guide
for Nurses; Netter’s Atlas of Human
Anatomy; Merck Manual of Diagnosis and
Therapy; among other resources.
Medscape helps you refresh
Medscape recently released a
new app for drug reference.
One can look for over 8,000
brand, generic and OTC
drugs, herbals and supplements,
and check mild interactions to serious
contraindications for any combination of
drugs, herbals and supplements.
The user can review the latest in-depth
clinical information for over 4,000 diseases
and conditions which is enhanced with clinical
images and procedural videos. This app
also helps you follow detailed step-by-step
instructions for over 600 clinical procedures,
including over 100 widely used tables and
This app is ideally suited to medical professionals
and students and serves as a quick
reference to refresh one’s medical knowledge.
of upload: 20th Jun 2012