iPhone Medical Software Review

Today I’ll be reviewing four useful medical applications for the Apple iPhone: Eponyms, DxSaurus, Lab Values, and ECG Guide. Each of these are good applications in their own right, and each one serves a different purpose in the day to day practice of medicine. Continue reading

Intern Survival Guide – Mobile Interface Overview

The video below demonstrates the mobile interface for the Intern Survival Guide. Covered is how to get to the website, how to navigate, how to search, and how to add a quick link for future use.

Intern Survival Guide – http://wiki.sbuim.com

If the below video will not play because you institution blocks YouTube, the video is mirrored here.

Medical Clearance How-To

ACC/AHA Preoperative screening guidelines

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How Technology Will Create A Safer Healthcare System

It’s one of those great conundrums. Despite medicine being a highly intellectual field often at the cutting edge of science, we all too often remain near the bottom in terms of our information technology use. Maybe it’s the culture of medicine, a view that one should master everything and do everything despite knowing that this is an impossible goal? Maybe it’s lagging on the part of administration who may not understand the potential role of technology in the daily workflow of their physicians? Or maybe it’s just that we as a profession have never sat down and tried to understand what we’re missing, what we can do, and where we should go with the incorporation of informatics technology?

I choose to believe it is largely the last of these: that we as a profession have not yet began to put proper thought and action to purpose in terms of intelligently using technology to augment our abilities as clinicians. Continue reading

The Electronic Health Record – Where We Are, Where We’re Going

No situation is more devastating to an industry than to be data rich and information poor. Unless we can effectively use our data to get information, then we may as well not even have the data.

There are a variety of EHRs on the market right now – PowerChart, Quadramed, Amazing Charts, SOAPware, to name but a few – and they all do pretty much the same thing – display data about a patient. Essentially, they’ve become a digital version of the paper charts. Sure, they look nicer, are easier to use, and let you quickly find information, but for most purposes, they really don’t do much more than a traditional paper chart does.

So what’s wrong with this picture? Continue reading

7 of the Best Free Medical Education Apps for the iOS Platform

Whether you are studying to become a health care professional, are a patient, or just want a way to use your iPhone or iPad as a powerful learning tool, there are tons of medical apps out there that can help you.  But with so many out there, how do you choose the right one?  To help, we have gathered seven of the best medical apps out there at no cost.

  1. Medical Encyclopedia – Get just what the title promises in this free app.  Provided by the University of Maryland Medical System, you can get top notch information on this handy little app.  It has a whopping 50,000 pages of relevant medical information and is even available in Spanish.
  2. Skyscape Medical Resources – If the above didn’t do the job, try looking up your medical topic here.  Over one million users have downloaded it get medical resources from doctors to students to patients.
  3. WebMD – This leading medical site has both an app for the iPhone and iPad offered for free. It includes many site favorites such as a symptom checker, first aid tips, conditions, and even a pill identification tool if you have pills but don’t know what they are.
  4. NEJM – What’s new in medicine?  Get this app from “The New England Journal of Medicine” to find out.  It contains the latest medical research, findings, and even expert opinions on the latest in health care.  You can also access many features without a subscription.
  5. Blausen Human Atlas – The real version may cost $19.99, but the lite version of the app is available for free.  It contains amazing 3D, narrated animations of medical conditions, as well as a medical glossary and tons of images.
  6. Epocrates – If looking for medical information on drugs, check out this free app.  They are one of the most widely used apps on the topic and offer information on prescription drugs, over the counter, and even diagnostic resources.
  7. Medical Spanish – If you need to say or read it in Spanish, check out this app.  Many doctors and nurses use it to help them communicate with patients who speak Spanish.  It even offers over 250 questions to help you learn.

About the Author: Casey Roberts is a undergraduate student in Houston, TX and also writes for Radiology Assistant, a site dedicated to helping students find the right radiology degree. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily represent those of this site.

Rethinking Medical Education

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Medical education and medicine are topics about which I often find myself thinking. I’m always interested in the questions of “Are we doing it the best way?”, “Is there a better way?”, “How do we adapt the fields to emerging changes?”, and so on. Too often I come to the conclusion that we’re not keeping up with advancements and, as Wayne Gretzky might have put it, we’re skating to where the puck is, and not to where it is going.  Continue reading

Abraham Verghese: A doctor’s touch

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam.

Link: Abraham Verghese: A doctor’s touch

Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science

Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.

This is an excellent presentation on what is wrong with science today. While the data itself may not lie, the interpretations can be made to say nearly anything the researcher wants it to.

EDIT: Due to format restrictions, the video is partially cut off. Here’s the link to the video on TED: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/eng//id/1234

IBM’s Watson enters medicine

IBM’s first TV commercial advertising Watson’s capabilities in medicine. I find this system incredibly fascinating. Medicine has evolved to the point where it is no longer possible to know every aspect of every disease. Watson promises to help doctors improve diagnosis and better tailor treatments to individual patients.

Watson’s technical specifications:

  • 90 IBM Power 750 servers enclosed in 10 racks
  • 16 Terabytes of memory
  • A 2,880 processor core
  • Linux system
  • While not officially disclosed by IBM, Watson is estimated to have cost $1-$2 billion
  • Uses “DeepQA”: a technology that enables computer systems to directly and precisely answer natural language questions over an open and broad range of knowledge
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