Infectious Disease iPhone apps

May’s issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases features a column on infectious diseases resources for the iPhone. You can read the entire article here. Two apps that may interest students are Microbiology Wiz with Immunology ($0.99) and Lange Microbiology and Infectious Disease Flash Cards ($34.99). Both are flashcard style review applications, allowing you to study microbiology on your iPhone.

Surfing The Web: Infectious Diseases Resources for the iPhone
Richard L. Oehler, Kevin Smith, and John F. Toney
Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010 50:9, 1268-1274

Mobile Medicine Video

Here’s a nice 4 minute demo of 10 different iPhone medical applications from Nature Video. Two coolest:

  • iCut DNA lets you search the Restriction Enzyme Database (REBASE) for enzymes and the DNA nucleotide sequences they cleave.
  • Thinklabs Digital Stethoscope is a somewhat pricey app that allows you to listen and record heart beats on your iPhone. Caution: remixing patients auscultations into your next dj set may constitute a HIPAA violation.
  • iPhone/ER roundup

    Emergency Medicine News has a brief article on the use of iPhones in the ER.
    Take two apps and call me in the morning.

    American College of Emergency Physicians discusses 5 apps for iphone any ER physician shouldn’t be without. (free Snellen EyeChart app FTW) Most of them free!
    iPhone Apps for the Emergency Physician

    Did you know?
    Epocrates, the makers of Epocrates RX (a free comprehensive handheld drug guide for your smartphone), turns 10 years old this year. That’s a long time in the mobile industry.

    MobileMicromedex for iPhone, Blackberry

    Another new mobile resource is now available for Blackberry, iPhone, and other web-enabled smartphones. MobileMicroMedex 2.0 gives you access to the same clinical evidence content you get on your desktop, at no additional charge, including:

    * drugs
    * interactions
    * drug identification
    * disease conditions
    * laboratory test information
    * alternative medicines
    * toxicology
    * convenient calculators

    To access, follow these steps:
    Step 1: Open your mobile browser.
    Step 2: Go to http://www.thomsonhc.com/micromedex2/librarian
    Step 3: Log in with the LSUHSC specific info. To obtain the LSUSHC login, contact mknapp@lsuhsc.edu, or view the ‘Mobile’ page on the Micromedex site.
    (Note: The login should last for the current quarter on your device. At the end of the quarter you will need to return to the MobileMicromedex site to obtain a new username and password.
    Quarterly Schedule: January 1, April 1, July 1, September 1)

    Early reports from some of our users note that mobileMicromedex might be a little slow and the interface could be improved. Let us know your thoughts on this new product!

    MedlinePlus goes mobile

    You can now access FREE patient health information in both English and Spanish on your mobile phone.

    Medlineplus viewed on your mobile browser

    Medlineplus viewed on your mobile browser

    Mobile MedlinePlus includes

  • Topic summaries ÔÇô ÔÇ£snackableÔÇØ pieces of information you can access and digest quickly
  • News ÔÇô the latest in treatment, medical research and healthy living tips
  • Images
  • Encyclopedia articles
  • Drug information
  • Access this new mobile resource at http://m.medlineplus.gov

    Go ahead! After all, your US tax dollars pay for it.

    Mobile Isch?®

    You can now access basic library information and databases on a web page formatted for smaller screens like your iPhone or PDA.

    Point your mobile browser to
    http://www.lsuhsc.edu/no/library/mobile/mobile.html to access directions, hours, databases and more!

    Cochrane Library for iPhone

    Cochrane Library Reviews are now available for purchase on your iPhone. $29.95 gets you selected evidence-based medicine reviews by subject area. More info at: www.skyscape.com/cochrane

    The library subscribes to the online version of the Cochrane Library, which is available for free to LSUHSC members with their library barcode and PIN.

    Must have iPhone Apps

    With over 1,544 medical apps in the iTunes App Store, it can be difficult to decide which is worth the money. Luckily, Houston Neal over at Software Advice has done the work for you. Head over to their site to check out The Best Medical iPhone Apps for Doctors and Med Students.

    Nurses & Dentists are not forgotten in this long list, and they’ve even included study guides and games. Here’s a couple that I’d not yet heard of:
    BoardReview ÔÇô Free ÔÇô Busy students can prep for their board exams by reviewing electronic drug information on their iPhone or iPod Touch. nursing students can study electronic nursing review cards to prep for the NCLEX-RN, on their iPhone or iPod Touch so they can test their nursing knowledge anytime, anyplace.

    Speed Bones Lite ÔÇô Free ÔÇô A must have game if you are tackling anatomy for high school, university or medical school. It is more captivating than flashcards and practice mode allows you to learn specific regions without doing all the previous levels. Review mode lets you replay all the mistakes youÔÇÖ made in the last game to facilitate learning.

    Orasphere ÔÇô Free ÔÇô Using Orasphere dental educational videos saves you time, reduces liability and increases patient case acceptance for your dental practice. Easily view Orasphere dental videos on your iPod or iPhone and start educating your patients.

    Link to the full list.

    ShotRecs: a Newish iPhone app

    With all this talk about immunization in the second year medicine groups and flu season just around the corner, here’s a timely iPhone app.

    ShotRecs is a rapid reference guide to the 2009 Childhood, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Schedules as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s available from the App Store on iTunes.

    It features:
    – 2009 Childhood, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Schedules
    – 2009 Childhood and Adolescent Catch-up Immunization Schedules
    – 2009 Vaccine schedule for adults based on medical and other indications
    more info & screenshots

    Interestingly enough, ShotRecs was designed by a medical student (now an intern in Family Medicine) at Georgetown University. Any Tigers out there designing iPhone apps?

    iPhone Doc

    MobiHealth News has an interesting article on Natalie Hodge, MD, who uses mobile technologies to run her Personal Pediatrics practice. She aims to “equip a fleet of self-starter pediatricians in major metro areas with iPhones, cloud-based practice software and the marketing know-how to court new parents, families and corporate health programs alike.”

    “Some would call Personal Pediatrics a ?óÔé¼?£concierge medical practice,?óÔé¼Ôäó but I prefer to call it a direct medical practice,?óÔé¼?Ø Hodge explained,?óÔé¼?Øbecause we?óÔé¼Ôäóre connecting patients who want house calls to physicians who want to make them.?óÔé¼?Ø


    RefWorks Mobile

    RefWorks, the popular web-based bibliographic management system, is now available via web-enabled mobile phones, smart phones, and personal data assistants (PDAs). Your Group code is required. For more information on group codes, see our RefWorks info page.

    A RefWorks class will be held Thursday, May 28, 2009, 10 – 11 am, at the LSUHSC Main Campus- Library computer lab room 405. For more information, contact mknapp@lsuhsc.edu

    USPSTF for iPhone

    From AHRQ:

    The DHHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is announcing the release of the Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) tool for iPhone/iPod Touch. Go to http://epss.ahrq.gov to download.

    ePSS iPhone/iPod Touch Key Features:
    * Search and browse the USPSTF recommendations
    * View USPSTF recommended preventive tools
    * Full mobility with USPSTF database on the iPhone/ iPod Touch
    * User friendly interface customized specifically for iPhone/ iPod Touch
    * Email notifications of available updates
    * User friendly ePSS data updates

    eBooks for your smartphone

    STAT!Ref, an online book provider of over 80 medical, dental and nursing textbooks, is now optimized for mobile devices. Simply access the link from your phone or PDA’s browser and you will be automatically redirected to the mobile site.

    You must be able to access to the internet on your mobile device to use STAT!Ref mobile.

    STAT!Ref on campus: http://online.statref.com/Search.aspx?grpalias=StFH&mobile=true
    STAT!Ref off campus: http://0-online.statref.com.innopac.lsuhsc.edu/Search.aspx?grpalias=StFH&mobile=true

    More info from STAT!Ref.com.

    iPhone Clinical Trials

    iclinical trials

    A new application for iPhone allows users to access the database of the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health which holds the results of and information pertaining to more than 71,500 clinical trials.

    ACCESS NOW: iClinical Trials

    Of course, there is always clinicaltrials.gov if you don’t have an iPhone.

    Read more: “Ivor Kovic, M.D. ?é?? Blog Archive ?é?? NIH Database More Accessible to iPhone Users” – http://ivor-kovic.com/blog/?p=419#ixzz0EqGkrQSH&A

    PsychiatryOnline Goes Mobile

    This just in:
    PsychiatryOnline (off campus link), an ebook provider of psychiatry textbooks, is now available for Mobile browsers. Access to the mobile site is included as an added benefit of current subscriptions.

    You will be automatically redirected to m.psychiatryonline.com when visiting the main PsychiatryOnline.com site from a wireless-enabled mobile device (such as a smartphone or PDA).

    Before your first mobile visit, be sure to create a free personal ?óÔé¼?ôMy PsychiatryOnline?óÔé¼?Ø account. To create an account, go to www.psychiatryonline.com from a desktop or laptop computer while authenticated by your institutional subscription, click the ?óÔé¼?ôMy PsychiatryOnline?óÔé¼?Ø link from the homepage, and follow the instructions for creating an account. Your ?óÔé¼?ôMy PsychiatryOnline?óÔé¼?Ø username and password will then give you access to the mobile site. (IP-based recognition is not possible from mobile devices, and accounts cannot be created from the mobile site.) The mobile site will prompt users who haven?óÔé¼Ôäót yet created My PsychiatryOnline accounts with these instructions.

    Content Available
    Most mobile browsers are limited in their ability to transmit large files quickly, so only the most essential information is included in the mobile version of PsychiatryOnline. Search and navigation are simplified as well, to better suit the small mobile screen (e.g., the ?óÔé¼?ôrelated content?óÔé¼?Ø links usually seen at the left of content have been removed to unclutter the screen). Mobile site users do, however, get full advantage of PsychiatryOnline’s powerful semantic indexed search.

    The mobile view content set includes:

  • DSM-IV-TR?óÔé¼ÔÇØsearch or browse the Classification and criteria sets individually, or the entire DSM-IV-TR manual
  • ICD-9-CM codes for selected general medical conditions and medication-induced disorderS
  • Differential diagnosis decision trees and the DSM symptom index from DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
  • APA Practice Guideline Quick References
  • Essentials of Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology