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Medical Applications on Mobile Devices

According to a recent report, 54% of U.S. physicians own a PDA or a smartphone, and more than half of them consider the device to be an integral part of their practice. An estimated 70% of U.S. physicians will be using smartphones by 2011. How familiar are you with applications designed to deliver quality health information to mobile devices?

Medical Applications on Mobile Devices is a newly recorded presentation by Shikun “KK” Jiang, Technology Coordinator for NN/LM’s South Central Region. In this presentation, KK reviews several free and fee-based applications for health professionals, and a few applications for consumers as well. Here is an outline (times are approximate):

1:05 – Major operating systems for mobile devices

3:07 – Thoughts on choosing which mobile device to purchase

5:13 – Medical applications for smartphones and PDAs

PubMed for Handhelds
ePocrates Rx
QxMD (for Blackberry and iPhone)
Merck Medicus Mobile
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
My Life Record

13:57 – Medical libraries with  mobile apps

Yale
Boston University
Johns Hopkins

19:15 – Applications specifically for iPhone… did you know there are 200+ apps in the medical category and 700+ apps under healthcare & fitness?

iChart – HIPAA-compliant patient records application
Eponyms
DynaMed (EBSCO)
Skyscape
Unbound Medicine
WebMD Mobile
Netter’s Anatomy

28:57 – Consumer health applications for iPhone

iFitness
LoseIt! – calorie tracker
Vision – eye exercises, optical illusions, color blindness tests

32:00 – Resource slides, Q & A

Note: As with all NN/LM recorded webcasts, links on the slides are clickable while you watch. In addition, the Power Point slides are available for download here.

Thanks, KK, for a very useful presentation!

One more resource for iPhone/iPod Touch: Papers (thanks to Emily Glenn for the link). Papers is a Mac OSX application for managing and searching PDF files. It has become quite popular among researchers, particularly in the sciences, and is now available in the mobile format.

One Response to “Medical Applications on Mobile Devices”

  1. Hope Leman Says:

    Hi, Alison. Mobile search is definitely the wave of the future. Here is a conference worth considering attending: The second international m-Libraries Conference http://m-libraries2009.ubc.ca/

    It isn’t specifically about mobile medical search, but the program looks fascinating and edifying.