Top 10 'Paid' Apps for Medical Professionals
Healthcare Global takes a look at the Top 10 apps Medical Professionals should have on their tablet, and why it is that these applications continue to excel in the mHealth market.
10. Learn Muscles, by Real Bodywork — $2.99
This application provides a great resource for testing, referencing and any educational needs surrounding the study of anatomy and physiology. The program includes 141 muscle images with name, action, origin, insertion and comments, plus audio pronunciation guide, a quiz maker, an action viewer and six short videos. Rated 4.4 stars out of 5 on the Store ratings guide, this application keeps you up-to-date on your facts, while doing so in an engaging and user-friendly way.
9. Paramedic Protocol Provider, by Acid Remap — $9.99
Paramedic Protocol Provider provides quick offline access to over 350 field treatment protocols from the USA, Canada and Ireland. This resource is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that gives real-time offline search of field treatment protocols. Less than the cost of a field manual, this solutions provides an easy, user-friendly and efficient way of providing the best care while doing so in the more effective way possible.
Paramedic Daniel Egg states, “As a practicing paramedic I personally find Paramedic Protocol Provider to be one of the most useful applications in my iPhone. It has become an invaluable tool for rapid reference in the field, and it is one of the easiest and fastest ways we have to provide the most current protocol updates to our system. It is a resource I recommend to anyone who works in EMS."
8. Lab Values Pro, by Hipposoft — $2.99
Available on the iPad and iPhone, the app offers lab reference values, medical abbreviations and medical prefix and suffixes. This application stands as a premium resource for all healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, and students with its comprehensive library of lab reference values, medical abbreviations and medical prefix/suffixes.
General Practitioner Donald Craig says, "I use this app everyday at my clinic and in the hospital. It's not just the lab values but the clinical info that's so valuable in this app. I can quickly look up info about a lab which is invaluable especially when you don't have an internet connection to do a web search."
7. ASRA Coags, by American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine — $3.99
Designed and based on the popular article, "Regional Anesthesia in the Patient Receiving Antithrombotic or Thrombolytic Therapy: American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Evidence-Based Guidelines", this application allows you to search by either brand name or generic name. The app allows recommendations from either block type or intervention type, with reference to recently published ASRA guidelines. ASRA Coags makes the ASRA Anticoagulation Guideline reference available along with drug-specific summary information.
6. BiliCalc, by Jacob Beniflah — $1.99
This application deals with pediatrics, and is useful both for practicing physicians as well as concerned, loving parents. The program allows you to input the infant’s age at time of lab or manually input both the birth date and hour, as well as lab date and hour. Connecting directly to source journal articles, nomograms, and list of neuotoxicity risk factors, this device support both US and SI units and is rated 4.5 stars on the Store’s ratings guide.
On the Apple Store it is described as, “Designed by a pediatrician, BiliCalc uses the American Academy of Pediatrics 2004 "Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in Infants Greater than 35 Weeks of Age" to calculate the threshold for starting phototherapy based on the patient's age, bilirubin level, and neurotoxicity rk is. In addition, it will also tell you the patient's risk zone using the Bhutani Nomogram.”
5. MedCalc, by Mathias Tschopp & Pascal Pfiffner — $1.99
MedCalc gives the user easy access to complicated medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications. Each formula has been individually designed and optimized for the small iPhone screen. The main features of the app include: a very large (more than 300) selection of relevant formulas, scores, scales and classifications, detailed information and bibliographic references for each formula, support for US and SI units, with easy switching from the keypad, custom overlaid controls: no sliding in and out to input values, search for equations by name or keywords, and a customizable list of favorite equations MedCalc offers access complicated medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications.
Produced by Mathias Tschopp & Pascal Pfiffner, this app is rated three stars for users for ease of access and likeability compared to its competitors.
4. Pill Identifier, by Drugs.com — $0.99
To address the issue of leftover prescription pills or the misuse of prescription medication, Pill Identifier is working to keep the public safe with its latest addition to the mHealth scene. Pill Identifier edition is a searchable database which includes more than 10,000 Rx/OTC medications found in the U.S. Features “search as you type” functionality. The app encourages users to contact healthcare providers if pills are not matched in its internal system, or encourages safe ways of disposing of the unwanted pills.
3. ASCCP Mobile, by American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology — 9.99
This application has been developed to be a comprehensive, user-friendly app for the Updated consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests. At the click of a button, recommendations and algorithms can be viewed by the app-user to determine important results about patient data. The application includes: real-time access to data, simple keystrokes, easy to follow instructions, iPhone, iPad, and Android savvy and is also available in Spanish as well as English.
“The ASCCP has developed a comprehensive, user friendly app for the Updated Consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests and Cancer Precursors. Each individual recommendation and the algorithms can be viewed following a few keystrokes to enter important patient data.”
2. Critical Care ACLS Guide, by Informed Publishing — 5.99
Created by Informed Publishing, this app is backed by the leading organization in emergency reference since 1986. The Critical Care ACLS Guide allows access to physicians, paramedics and nurses to review ACLS drug doses, access EKGs, look-up patient medications, bookmark frequented data, add notes and provide an expanded search capacity to users.
“I have been using Informed’s Critical Care ACLS Guide for years and never go to work without it,” reports Shaun Michael Scott, RN, EMTP, CareFlite Flight Nurse.
Rated four stars by users, this app is not only user-friendly, but is cost-effective for the amount of services provided by this handheld medical tool.
1. Micromedex Drug Reference, by Truven Health Analytics — $2.99
Micromedex Drug Reference Essentials gives consumers real-time access to drug information. As a part of the Micromedex Medication Management apps bundle, this app can work in tandem with Micromedex Drug Interactions and Micromedex IV Compatibility to provide a well-balanced healthcare suite of services.
In operation for over 40 years, this organization has provided hospitals and healthcare providers with an exceptional single source site for clinical information including: need-to-know drug, pediatric, disease, lab and toxicology information for patient and consumer education.
This feature was printed in the July edition of Healthcare Global magazine.
Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019
We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector
The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.
9. Mobile technology
Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.
8. Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.
Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.
6. Health wearables
With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.
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5. Electronic health records tools
From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.
4. Healthcare transportation
Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.
3. 3D Printing
Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.
As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.
Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.
1. Vertical integrations
As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical Group, Humana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.
Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.