Saturday, January 22, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The Medical PDA is Not Dead - Expanding your ectopic brain without changing your phone.
Smartphones are terrific but not the only option.
Access to free or cheap quality software is still within reach without a smartphone and its associated monthly costs. The Wi-Fi capable Apple iPod Touch gives you access to numerous quality iOS medical applications without having to switch your phone or carrier.
3 Exceptional Examples of General iOS Programs Useful for the Respiratory Therapist:
MedCalc gives you easy access to an astounding array of medical formulas. It includes detailed information and bibliographic references for each formula. Free http://itunes.apple.com/app/medcalc-medical-calculator/id299470331?mt=8
Epocrates is one of the most most widely used medical apps. It provides clinical information on thousands of prescriptions and OTC drug products. It features a pill identifier, formulary information, a drug interaction checker and calculations. It is the exceptional free 1st part of a paid for comprehensive suite. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/epocrates/id281935788?mt=8
Diagnosauras DDX is a reference tool that assists healthcare professionals with differential diagnosis at the point of care. You can quickly search over 1,000 diagnoses by organ system, symptom, disease or view all entries. $0.99 http://itunes.apple.com/app/diagnosaurus-ddx/id306402834?mt=8
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Most respiratory therapist think of Blackberry as an excellent messaging device without appreciating what an excellent smartphone and clinical information tool this platform can be. This is particularly true since the Blackberry operating system (OS) makes a capable replacement to the retiring Palm Garnet and Windows Mobile OS.
Epocrates Rx free remains my primary go-to drug guide in this OS with the included MedMath calculator being a positive free addition to this suite. The application includes monographs for more than 3,500 drugs and is updated “over the air” weekly.
Blackberry’s do not have the depth and breadth of the iPhone clinical software but if this device is already part of your routine why not use it to expand your portable clinical brain power.