Medical Mobile Apps


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Presentation on medical mobile apps made to Denali Oncology Group on March 26, 2011

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  • Of course, mobile phones can also allow healthcare professionals to monitor patient vitals remotely. One software developer that’s having some success with this is Airstrip Technologies. Airstrip Technologies has created some iPhone apps for Obstetricians, Critical Care, Cardiology, and Imaging, that allow healthcare professionals to monitor patient vitals via their iphone. I’m impressed that they’ve managed to make their applications compliant with HIPAA patient privacy regulations, as well as gaining clearance from the FDA. Some of the hospitals using these apps include Cleveland Clinic, a hospital in Houston, and a hospital in Richmond, VA.
  • Epocrates is probably the most popular mobile application with doctors, specializing in drug information. Epocrates is available for many different devices, including the iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Palm devices. As far as I know Epocrates is not yet available for Google phones, but they state that an application is in the works. Also note that Epocrates has a free version, at least for the iPhone, but it of course doesn’t have all the same features as the paid version.
  • Medical Mobile Apps

    1. 1. Medical Mobile Apps Sarah Jewell, MLS Clinical Medical Librarian Denali Oncology Group Saturday, Mar. 26, 2011 [email_address]
    2. 2. Why mobile healthcare? <ul><li>85% of adult Americans have cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>15% of adults use cell phones to look for health information </li></ul><ul><li>Pew Internet Mobile Health 2010 </li></ul> photo by Scott Beale Laughing Squid
    3. 3. Patient/Consumer <ul><li>Text4Baby was launched in Feb 2010 </li></ul>
    4. 4. Patient/Consumer <ul><li>Open mHealth Public-Private Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Washington DC, April 2011 </li></ul> Can text messaging help smokers quit?
    5. 5. Patient/Consumer Apps Medline Plus (most phones, mobile website) Family Drug Guide – (Android, Blackberry, and iPhone, $5) NIH’s My Dietary Supplements – (iPhone, free) Breast Cancer Diagnosis Guide – (iPhone, free) iChemoDiary – (iPhone, free) by Merck
    6. 6. Beware Bias- WebMD & Eli Lilly NYTimes: Online Medical Advice Can Be a Prescription for Fear- WebMD & Eli Lilly
    7. 7. Healthcare Professionals 72% of American doctors currently own smartphones The First iPhone doctor
    8. 8. Monitoring Patient Vitals Remotely <ul><li>Airstrip Apps </li></ul><ul><li>HIPAA compliant authentication </li></ul><ul><li>FDA clearance </li></ul><ul><li>used by </li></ul><ul><li>Cleveland Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Houston Hospital Memorial Hermann </li></ul><ul><li>Henrico Doctor's Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>in Richmond, VA </li></ul>
    9. 9. Drug Information at a Glance
    10. 10. Smartphones, PDAs just as good as 'secondary' monitors for reading images
    11. 11. Radiologists diagnose appendicitis using an iPhone
    12. 12. Fast cancer detection with a phone app- in our near future? Mass. Gen. Hospital researchers develop phone app for faster cancer detection in small cell samples Article: Micro-NMR for Rapid Molecular Analysis of Human Tumor Samples
    13. 13. Cancer Mobile Resources NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (iPhone and Android) CCO Oncology inPractice (digital textbook for iPad) CME credit options Holland Frei Cancer Medicine text , 2010 ed. MD Anderson editors, (via STAT!Ref subscription) The Oncologist - iPhone, free NCI’s Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (most phones, mobile website)
    14. 14. Cancer Mobile Resources, cont’d ACP PIER Database- Hematology and Oncology (Blackberry, $59.99) Living Medical Textbook- Leukemia & MDS – iPhone CME options Clinical Trials – (iPhone, $4) Not sure how often info is updated, ASCO has promoted some trials through this app CTC Adverse Events 4 (iPhone, $2) *here’s official CTC AE 4 info from NCI
    15. 15. Electronic Medical Records What is an EMR?
    16. 16. Regulations <ul><li>Is FDA regulation of health applications good for business? </li></ul><ul><li>How to avoid FDA regulation of mHealth </li></ul> 3 Hospitals with HIPAA compliant mobile apps FCC to promote mobile health apps in broadban plan
    17. 17. Reading papers on mobile devices EPUB- an open web standards eBook format
    18. 18. Point of Care- PC Tablets/iPad Using the iPad for healthcare: PROS vs. CONS Motion C5 : Tablet PC designed specifically for use in healthcare settings
    19. 19. Point of Care- Doctors in Haiti Dr. Elizabeth Cote, from Harvard Humane Initiative collects patient data at Fond Parisien, Haiti using iPhone and iCharts from
    20. 20. Mobile Tech & issues in Japan relief efforts Mobile tech only goes so far in Japan relief efforts
    21. 21. Which device to use? <ul><li>Which device should you use? </li></ul><ul><li>What devices are your patients using? </li></ul><ul><li>iPhone or Blackberry? </li></ul><ul><li>Android or the iPhone? </li></ul> 8 Medical Apps for the Blackberry
    22. 22. What apps/websites are the best? <ul><li>Mobile medical apps selected by </li></ul><ul><li>Sloan-Kettering librarians: </li></ul><ul><li>My favorite PubMed: PubMed on Tap </li></ul><ul><li>No subscription required! Only $2.99 </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to set up proxy access </li></ul><ul><li>Export references to EndNote (RIS format)! </li></ul><ul><li>Uni of Connecticut Health Center has good lists of apps </li></ul> PubMed on Tap
    23. 23. Staying up to date with the latest <ul><li>Blogs: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences: </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless Health , Oct 10-13, 2011- San Diego, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Health , May 4-5, 2011 – Stanford University </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile and Wireless Healthcare - Feb 2011, UK </li></ul>
    24. 24. The Mobile Medical Ideal <ul><li>Patients gain increased access to information </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare professionals can practice anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Regulations improve product quality and information security </li></ul><ul><li>without hindering development </li></ul>
    25. 25. Questions, Comments… Sarah Jewell, MLS Clinical Medical Librarian [email_address]
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