iPad Medical Software


The iPad is a tablet computer designed and manufactured by Apple. The iPad was originally intended to bridge the gap between a laptop computer and a smart phone. It was designed in order to easily access visual media, and the web from virtually anywhere because of its 3G capability. Because of its lightweight and slim width, physicians can easily maneuver around the hospital with iPad in hand. Patients are quickly adapting to the use of new technology for their medical care. Over the past few years, upwards of 12,000 other apps have been created for consumer use. Currently, there are over 2,500 Medical Apps in the App Store.


Why Medical Apps Are the Future:

"More than 50 percent of physicians use a smartphone for work purposes, according to a new study by IT industry association CompTIA:
  • 25 percent of healthcare providers surveyed use tablets at their practice, while another 21 percent expect to do so in the next twelve months.
  • 38 percent of physicians with smartphones use medical apps apps on a daily basis, with that number increasing to 50 percent in the next twelve months.
  • Two-thirds said implementing or improving their use of mobile technologies is a high or mid-level priority in the next 12 months.
  • Almost one-third of providers use their smartphones or tablets to access EMR/EHR systems, with 20 percent expecting to start within the next year.
  • Some 38 percent of healthcare providers said they have a comprehensive EMR system in place and 17 percent have a partial system or module.
  • Only 14 percent of healthcare professionals actively follow news and trends in telemedicine, while 37 percent expressed little interest in the topic.
  • Telemedicine offers the greatest benefits for continuing medical education (61 percent), specialist referral services (44 percent) and patient consultations (37 percent).
  • Ten percent intend to use video conferencing with patients in the next twelve months."
Source: http://mobihealthnews.com/14703/half-of-doctors-to-use-medical-apps-by-2012/

Advantages of using an iPad

  • Portability – The iPad is lighter and thinner than even the smallest laptops, allowing it to be held in one hand – allowing for eye contact to maintain personal relationship with your patient.
  • Connectivity – Connect anywhere there is Internet, either through Wi-Fi or a cellular provider.
  • Extended battery life – The average battery life of an iPad is about 10 hours on a full charge; long enough for an entire day’s patient flow.
  • Rear-facing camera – Now, you can take pictures on the iPad and send those pictures via email, and even to a patient chart with EHRs like MediTouch. The pictures are of a high enough quality, that they can be used for documentation of medical conditions (such as a rash or laceration).
  • Ability to draw – Capture images and draw right on them, using your finger to highlight a certain area or condition.
  • App Store – Over 2,500 Medical Apps in the App Store
  • Multiple languages supported – English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
  • Storage capacity –16GB, 32G, 64GB

How can iPad Medical Software improve health care?

The leading iO developer for "practice management and clinical software" is MacPractice. MacPractice offers integrated solutions that allow physicians to access all of MacPractice's software and applications on the iPad. The main motivations for advocating use of iPad's in health care, is to "improve efficiency and quality" of patient care. The iPad will allow for functionality of EMR's, prescriptions, and scheduling.

The main benefits of using this iPad Medical Software:
  • Access to the system anywhere, anytime.
  • Allows for file sharing between physicians allowing multiple users to simultaneously access information from a single computer in the hospital, using their iPads.
  • Ability to input patient registration.
  • Access to EMR
  • Access to charts, and x-rays
  • Ability to have prescription history, medical images, and visit data directly at the physicians fingertips.

What types of health care applications are available for physicians?

The only downfall to using these integrated applications is the fact that they aren't all free applications. However, in order to make health care more efficient and paperless, we need to now and in the future that investment will pay itself off.

A couple of the major applications that are available right now for physicians include:

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    • Calculates number as well as helping make decisions
    • Gives physicians a chance to enter dose, classification, stage, and diagnosis

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    • Designed for surgeons, anesthetists, surgical nurses, hospital administrators
    • Provides a simple 19-step safety checklists for surgical safety in the operating room

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  • The largest ECG library with 200 high resolution examples of ECGs
  • Clear descriptions of both common and complex arrhythmias and ECG findings
  • In-depth information for
    • Ventricular hypertrophy and atrial enlargement
    • assessment of ischemia
    • heart block
    • many, many more

EPOCRATES Rx: free application, that is updated once a week that allows physicians to obtain drug information
  • Epocrates includes 3,500 drug monographs
  • Allows for Drug Information, OTC Medications, Pill ID, Drug interactions, Tables/Calcs

List of Popular Medical Apps:

*links are to the iTunes Store

Reference Apps:

Human Body 3D Anatomy: Used to know the systems in the human body. Contains all the information on the systems of the body with 3D views and animations.

iAnatomy: Shows cross sections of the body with actual CT scans of different areas. Includes cadaver images and explanations.

Skyscape’s Medical Bag: Reference information and clinical tools, lab tests and medical calculators that can help you find the information you need.

Taber’s Medical Dictionary: Medical reference that includes photos, care statements and more than 60,000 terms.

3D Teeth: Used to view reference information about the mouth and teeth, see 3D images of teeth, and get information on different diseases.

Drug Apps:

Epocrates: Find drug references, interactions and more. A helpful drug reference resource from one of the most trusted names in medicine. Free.

Monthly Prescribing Reference: Includes information on interactions for prescription and over the counter drugs. Free.

Skyscape RxDrugs Dosing Companion: Provides dosing for thousands of generic and brand name medications. Free.

iMeds XL: Provides a search by drug name or drug class and dosing information. Also provides interactions and side effects.

Psych Drugs: Information on drugs commonly used to treat psychological illnesses. Provides information about anti-anxiety medications, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers and more.

MedCalc: Another dosing tool with formulas.

Diagnosis Apps:

Diagnosaurus DDx: Perform diagnosis at the point of care, using the easy reference system that offers information on a number of diseases and conditions.

Pedi STAT: Used to check symptoms, normal growth, and other essential information related to pediatrics and caring for children.

NeuroMind: An app that provides images and information about the human mind.

Medical Lab Tests: Used to review normal lab values, including more than 100 blood tests.

ECG Guide: Used to see what a normal and an abnormal ECG looks like. Helps to compare patient results and diagnose.

Mental Illness: Used to diagnose and treat mental illness by symptoms.

Patient Care:

Blausen Human Atlas: Used to allow doctors to easily communicate with each other and their patients and share concepts about diseases and procedures.

AirStrip OB: Used to monitor fetal symptoms without seeing the patient face-to-face including cardiology, imaging, and critical care.

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