Get a free digital LA driver’s license until the end of May 2019!

If you have a Louisiana driver’s license, get a free legal digital driver’s license, available for Android or iOS smartphones through the LA Wallet app.

It is legal to use for driving in Louisiana, and ATC has approved for all responsible vendors to accept LA Wallet.

LA Wallet will be free until May 31, 2019, after which the price will be $5.99.

For more information, go to https://lawallet.com/

2 Minute Tips: Stat!Ref mobile

Online textbook provider Stat!Ref has just released an iPhone & Blackberry app, so you can read books on your phone.?áCheck out the video below for how to enable access. Android app is coming soon.
Stat!Ref Mobile video

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2 Minute tips?áis a blog series where we bring you short video tutorials on various tools and resources in the library.

Wi-Fi for iOS 5

If you’ve already taken the plunge and installed iOS 5 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can now jump right onto the LSUHSC wi-fi connection more easily than ever.

ÔÇó Locate LSUHSC-Secure from the available wi-fi networks listed in the Settings
ÔÇó Enter your LSUHSC user i.d. and password; this is the same one you use to access your e-mail
 Accept the eis-dpsnps1.master certificate
ÔÇó You should now be connected!

If you do not have iOS 5, please refer to the instructions for iOS 4 or earlier to use the LSUHSC wi-fi.

Wondering whether you can upgrade to iOS 5? Check this link for the list of compatible devices.

ACLS apps for iPhone

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions. Certification is a requirement for medical students as well as other health care providers like paramedics, nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

A new review at imedicalapps.com looks at the ACLS Review App, a quiz app designed by a by Limmer Creative, a company founded by a paramedic and EMS veteran. Highlights:

The ACLS Review App by Limmer Creative offers high-quality quizzes based on the current AHA guidelines for the review of ACLS algorithms, representing a valuable resource for healthcare professionals ÔÇôincluding paramedics, medical students, physicians, and nursesÔÇô looking to master and/or acquire certification in ACLS.

Once certified, this app also represents a great refresher, but we also recommend users complement this app with iResus for assistance when practicing or executing ACLS algorithms.

iResus is an ACLS app developed by the European Resuscitation Council. A randomized controlled trial published in the journal Anesthaesia reported improved physician performance in patient simulations when using this app. The full iMedicalapps review of iResus is available here. iResus is described as a “must have” for quick access to resuscitation guidelines. Bottom line:

While definitely not a replacement for proper ACLS training and certification, we highly recommend downloading the app and familiarizing oneself with it for potential use in such situations.

It’s free, so why not download yourself and see?

ACLS iPhone Apps mentioned in this article
ACLS Review App from Limmer Creative – $3.99 on iTunes
iResus from Resuscitation Council (UK) – free on iTunes

Dynamed serial number expired?

Just a reminder that Dynamed serial numbers have a shelf life of one year. If you downloaded Dynamed to your smartphone about a year ago, it may be time to renew your serial number. (The app will tell you when your serial number has expired.)

Renewing is simple. Just email reference@lsuhsc.edu or call 504-568-6100 to request a new serial number and then enter it into the app on your phone.

More info on Dynamed: http://www.lsuhsc.edu/no/library/ss&d/data/dyna.html

Embryo app has NOLA connection

Embryo is new app for iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad from the NLM. This app provides a collection of digital serial sections of early stage human embryos for mobile devices. Features include human fertilization videos, photo micrographs of early-stage embryo development, 2D and 3D digital images using visual stack dissections, and a pregnancy calculator.

Embryo is especially cool because LSUHSC-NO scientists were involved in it’s creation. The app is a collaborative project between the NLM, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), the Virtual Human Embryo Project at LSUHSC-NO and the National Museum of Health & MedicineÔÇÖs Human Developmental Anatomy Center.

The Virtual Human Embryo Project was developed in the early 2000’s as a collaboration between embryologist Dr. Raymond Gasser at LSUHSC and the Human Developmental Anatomy Center in Washington DC. Dr. John Cork at LSUHSC joined the project at its inception as the software developer with a special interest in 3D-reconstruction. The images generated from the earlier project provide the basis for Embryo.

More information and screenshots from iTunes.

Mobile AccessMedicine

AccessMedicine, the popular resource that includes the full text of Harrison’s Online, diagnostic tests, and much more is now optimized for your mobile device!
To log in, go to m.accessmedicine.com on your mobile browser and log in with your MyAccessMedicine user name and password.

Don’t have a MyAccessMedicine user name and password?
You can create one through the Access Medicine homepage. Simply select “MyAccessMedicine” on the right side of the screen and follow the directions.

Questions? Contact mknapp@lsuhsc.edu

Top 20 FREE medical iphone apps

iMedicalApps.com has updated their list of free top medical apps for iphone and raised the number to 20.

Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps For Health Care Professionals

The list is a mixture of news, point of care resources, and non medical but useful apps for iPhone and in some cases, iPad.

LSUHSC has an extended subscription to Micromedex, while the free app SkyScape also runs our subscription to Dynamed and Natural Standard. Email mknapp@lsuhsc.edu for install information.

Also listed is ePSS – a public health tool from AHRQ that displays screening measures derived from the USPSTF based on patient demographic information, and Doximity, a “Facebook for doctors” – for those that need yet another social networking service.

Bottom Line
Although it’s a little annoying to have to click through 20 pages to see them all, it’s a good list (and you can’t beat the price).

NEJM Image Challenge for iPhone

NEJM Image Challenge The New England Journal of Medicine has just released a new app version of their popular “Image Challenge” weekly email feature. Test your diagnostic and visual skills any time, any where with this $2.99 application.

Available on iTunes.

Web version

Natural Standard’s new look

Natural Standard, an online database with evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, has redesigned their website.

Natural Standard offers a variety of tools, including graded analysis reflecting the level of available scientific data for or against the use of therapies for a specific medical conditions, a symptom checker/differential diagnosis tool, medical calculators and patient handouts. “Bottom line” analyses offer succinct summaries on public health topics, genomics & proteomics, sports medicine and medical conditions.

Drug monograph from Natural Standard

Drug monograph from Natural Standard

A mobile version is available via Skyscape.com for most devices. It is free for LSUHSC students, faculty and staff. It offers consolidated information on effectiveness, side effects, interactions, dosing, pregnancy, breastfeeding, historic background, practitioner accreditation, theory, and safety on a variety of drugs and natural therapies. Email mknapp@lsuhsc.edu for a serial number and installation directions.

Natural Standard can be found under Online Resources – N on the library homepage. It is available on and off campus.

Free Kaplan books for iphone/ipad

imedicalapps.com is reporting that Kaplan publishing, producers of such favorite books as Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 3 Qbooks is offering 19 FREE medical books via the Apple Bookstore until August 30th.

More info & screenshots at imedicalapps.com

You may not have the Step on your radar right now, but rest assured, time marches on. This offer ends August 30th, so get your books while you can!

Free Epocrates Essentials

Epocrates is offering a free download of their Essentials package (usually $159) for medical students until August 31st. Users must have iPhone?«/iPod?« touch, BlackBerry?«, Palm OS?« or Windows?« Mobile platforms – Palm Pre & Android users are out of luck.

We aren’t sure what the catch is, but you know how the saying goes, you can’t get something for nothing.

Download here:

Mobile Clinical Orthopedic Exam

Looking for a mobile app to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries and disorders? Clinically Relevant Technologies has developed an application for both iPhone and Android which includes descriptions, demonstrative video clips, and references from the medical literature for over 200 musculoskeletal diagnostic tests.

What I like about it is that every test is referenced back to a clinical citation. Tests must meet three main criterion for inclusion:

1) The test must be described/referenced in a peer-reviewed medical journal
2) The test must be used in the evaluation and diagnosis of musculoskeletal pathology
3) The test would be performed by the clinician or as part of clinical evaluation (not include laboratory or diagnostic imaging tests for example).

At $39.99, this app isn’t the cheapest, but as iPhone App review points out, “an equivalent text would cost several-fold more and cannot offer the same portability and ease of use”.

For screen shots and more info, check out i Medical Apps.

Available for iPhone and Android platforms

new app: NEJM This Week

Free for a limited time! This new iphone app pushes recent content from the New England Journal of Medicine including:
ÔÇó Articles published online in the last seven days, including the current issue and Online First
ÔÇó Classic Images in Clinical Medicine
ÔÇó Weekly audio summaries
ÔÇó A selection of four full-text audio reads of Clinical Practice articles
ÔÇó A selection of four procedure videos from the Videos in Clinical Medicine series

Access NEJM This Week on iTunes.

Practicing MDs & Smartphones

A marketing survey by SDI Health, has been making the news rounds. According to the “Mobile & Social Media Study: PhysiciansÔÇÖ Views of Emerging Technology Survey,” 30% of physicians have used a smartphone to access medical applications. Of the physicians who own a smart phone, 95% have downloaded a medical application. The most popular applications were: Epocrates, Medscape, and Skyscape. The study was conducted in October 2009; I wonder how much those numbers have jumped in the last 8 months. For more information on mobile resources, check out the Libraries’ guide.