Thursday, January 6, 2011

Medical App Review - Medical Educator for iOS App Review

Medical Educator iOS app to help students in the UK pass exams
Medical Educator is a iOS app by the Medical Educator Team that is designed to help medical students in the UK pass medical student exams.

Obviously, medical students in the UK would be the primary audience for this app, but it still has utility in the US due to the excellent collection of videos in the app - procedures, physical exams, and more. 

Some of the jargon/terminology in the app and the promotional material is foreign ("...doctors of SPR grade and above....."), but it is a well organized app that is easy to use.

This app is something for any medical student to download and try out.

Medical Educator for iOS is available for free at the iTunes App Store.

SurgAware iPhone App Review

SurgAware is a point of care reference for the general and specific risks of a number of surgeries.  This app is aimed at improving the informed consent process before surgery, and was developed by ConsentCare.

Improving the informed consent process is an excellent concept, and this app does provide useful information regarding the risks of surgery.

This app is far from complete, and lacks a discussion of many important surgical risks such as cardiovascular complications of non-cardiac surgery.  Including the frequency of complications might also be useful.

Additionally, this app suffers from slow performance because data is pulled from a web database for each surgery.  This also makes this app useless without a good WiFi or 3G signal (like a good portion of the hospital I work at!)

SurgAware is likely to become a useful tool for the discussion of surgical risks with patients when the database of risks is more complete and performance issues are addressed.  

SurgAware costs $2.99 and is available from the iTunes App Store.

SurgAware - SurgicalConsent PTY Ltd

Medical App Survey - Where do medical professionals find apps?

Our survey of 100 medical professionals located in the USA shows that the favorite method for finding apps is the iTunes App store (52%).  Social media, a very hot internet marketing area, follows in a distant second at 21%.  

These results suggest that medical app developers should focus considerable effort in preparing the listing for a new app in the iTunes App Store. 
More results are to be published later!