JotNot Scanner Pro – Scanning and Faxing from the iPhone made easy

JotNot Scanner Pro is a simple, easy to use scanning and faxing application for the iPhone. JotNot Scanner Pro allows the user to take a picture with the iPhone’s camera and then edit that picture before converting it into a PDF or faxing it. It supports both single and multi-page faxing as well as providing a coversheet with the user’s information. The faxing service is purchased on an as-needed basis, thus giving it value over monthly services such as eFax. If you infrequently fax, a program like JotNot Scanner Pro is appropriate for you. As with any fax service, confirmations are provided. Continue reading

Top jailbreak apps that make the iPhone even better

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It may seem hard to believe but there are still those who think jailbreaking reduces the performance of the iPhone or, even worse, is an illegal practice. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jailbreaking opens up a whole new world and dramatically expands the capabilities of the iPhone. The only people that advocate against jailbreaking are the ones who haven’t tried it or the ones that just couldn’t understand how to get it to work or the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking. Continue reading

Meet the new Windows 7, Mac and Linux tablet: The iPad.

Magical. Revolutionary. Incredible. Insanely great.

Or so Apple’s marketing tells us.

However, no one can deny that the iPad is a powerful, transformational device. The iPad has seen the fastest adoption rate in electronics product history with 4.5 million units per quarter. Apple has succeeded in doing what no other company has done: creating a true third category of device to bridge the smartphone to the laptop. The iPad is geared towards content consumption but also has application in content creation. And in recent months, it’s capabilities have expanded even more. Continue reading

iPhone Medical Software Review, Part 2

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Well, I just finished up Internal Medicine, so I’ll go over a few of the software programs that I found useful during the rotation. These are programs for the iPhone but there may be similar versions for Droid or other platforms. This review will cover three programs: Lab Tests, MedCalc and ECG Interpret. Continue reading

iPhone Medical Software Round-Up

So I’ve decided to be productive on the plane trip home and write a review on some of the medical applications for the iPhone (which, by the way, is by far the best mobile platform on the market – in fact, about 90% of this review was written on an iPhone).

I’ll be reviewing five of the more useful applications this go around: Eponyms, DxSaurus, Lab Values, ECG Guide and iMurmur.

Eponyms (http://code.google.com/p/eponyms-touch/) – Medicine loves eponyms. Sure, we could call it reactive arthritis but we’d rather say Reiter’s Syndrome. Maybe it’s an ego thing with doctors, maybe not but that’s the system we have. Eponyms provides an easy-to-use, searchable index of medical eponyms with a description of each. Nothing more, nothing less. Example listing: Ball’s disease – Intracerebral leukocytosis, a potentially fatal complication of acute leukemia (especially AML) when peripheral blast cell count >100,000/uL; leukemic cells capable of invading through endothelium and causing hemorrhage into brain. Condition not generally seen with CLL or CML.

  • Pro: Very complete listing of 1,700+ medical eponyms, each of which includes a description that provides clinically-relevant information
  • Con: Information is incomplete in terms of pathogenesis / pathophysiology (though these may/ may not be clinically relevant)
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Price: Free for students, $1.99 for all others

Diagnosaurus DDx (http://www.unboundmedicine.com/store/iphone) – This is a differential diagnosis software package. The user can choose by disease, organ system or symptom and a list of differential diagnoses and etiologies are provided.

  • Pro: Provides a good list of differential diagnoses for the entered item, fairly comprehensive disease list.
  • Con: No hotlinking between diseases, no explanations provided on the etiology. The differential diagnosis lists are often incomplete and do not provide for the entry of multiple symptoms or organ systems. Thus, the differential diagnosis provided is a “shotgun” approach and needs filtering by an experienced clinician. These oversights must be corrected for this to be a complete software package for its intended purpose.
  • Rating: 2.5/5
  • Price: $0.99

Pocket Lab Values – Quick reference for medical lab values broken up into categories such as cardiology, CSF, drug monitoring, endocrinology, hematology, etc. The program allows for seaches, marking of favorites and a catalog of recent lab views.

  • Pro: Saves recent history of labs viewed. Provides explanations for each of the labs and quick links to Wikipedia, Medline Plus and Google for additional information as well as reference values in US and SI units.
  • Con: Information not as complete as that provided by other sources such as Bakerman’s ABC’s of Interpretive Laboratory Data, only 227 labs listed so not a complete reference.
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Price: $2.99

ECG Guide (http://www.QxMD.com) – This is a comprehensive ECG package providing everything from tutorials on ECG Basics to ECG Interpretation with segments, chamber enlargements, conduction and bundle branch blocks, arrhythmias and special pediatric cases.

  • Pro: Excellent explanations with sample ECGs provided for each. The criteria for the diagnosis is clearly spelled out and each ECG abnormality is fully explained in terms of appearance and mV/mm discrepancy. Many conditions are covered such as subtypes of Narrow Complex (Supraventricular) tachyarrhythmias, left/right bundle branch blocks, fascicular blocks, QRS axis assessment, Rotation assessment, Myopericarditis, Brugada Syndrome and many, many more.
  • Con: No quiz function for testing one’s understanding of the material.
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Price: $2.99

iMurmur (http://phalanxdev.com) – This is a great program for learning how to detect and correctly diagnose murmurs. The reference murmur list is long and includes such murmurs as aortic regurgitation, aortic stenosis, atrial septal defect, Austin-Flint murmur, Mitral regurgitation, Paradoxical S2 split and many others. The program includes reference recordings that can be listened to to teach you what the various murmurs sounds like as well as a quiz where a murmur is played and you are asked to make a diagnosis. It’s a great, easy and accurate way to learn your way around heart murmurs with the learning being reinforced with the quiz function. Highly recommended for anyone that needs to learn proper auscultation or for those needing to brush up on their knowledge.

  • Pro: Lots of reference murmurs, quiz function, stable application
  • Con: Requires headphones to listen
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Price: $2.99

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