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Medical Applications on Mobile Devices

Posted by on February 24th, 2009 Posted in: Technology

According to a recent report, 54% of U.S. physicians own a PDA or a smartphone, and more than half of them consider the device to be an integral part of their practice. An estimated 70% of U.S. physicians will be using smartphones by 2011. How familiar are you with applications designed to deliver quality health information to mobile devices?

Medical Applications on Mobile Devices is a newly recorded presentation by Shikun “KK” Jiang, Technology Coordinator for NN/LM’s South Central Region. In this presentation, KK reviews several free and fee-based applications for health professionals, and a few applications for consumers as well. Here is an outline (times are approximate):

1:05 – Major operating systems for mobile devices

3:07 – Thoughts on choosing which mobile device to purchase

5:13 – Medical applications for smartphones and PDAs

PubMed for Handhelds
ePocrates Rx
QxMD (for Blackberry and iPhone)
Merck Medicus Mobile
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
My Life Record

13:57 – Medical libraries with  mobile apps

Boston University
Johns Hopkins

19:15 – Applications specifically for iPhone… did you know there are 200+ apps in the medical category and 700+ apps under healthcare & fitness?

iChart – HIPAA-compliant patient records application
DynaMed (EBSCO)
Unbound Medicine
WebMD Mobile
Netter’s Anatomy

28:57 – Consumer health applications for iPhone

LoseIt! – calorie tracker
Vision – eye exercises, optical illusions, color blindness tests

32:00 – Resource slides, Q & A

Note: As with all NN/LM recorded webcasts, links on the slides are clickable while you watch.

Thanks, KK, for a very useful presentation!

One more resource for iPhone/iPod Touch: Papers (thanks to Emily Glenn for the link). Papers is a Mac OSX application for managing and searching PDF files. It has become quite popular among researchers, particularly in the sciences, and is now available in the mobile format.

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